Where is the Will to I...

Where is the Will to Implement UNSCR 1325?

By: Clara Fisher, Paige Harland, Kat Ilich, and Erin McGown In October 2000, after years of lobbying by women’s rights activists, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). UNSCR 1325 brought the WPS agenda to the UN system’s attention for the first time, calling on all actors to take women’s […]

The European Reassuran...

The European Reassurance Initiative Is a Smart Response to Urgent Threats

By: Constance Baroudos As security threats increase in Europe, NATO must show it stands behind each of its members. President Barack Obama quadrupled funding for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) from almost $800 million in 2016 to $3.4 billion in the White House’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. Congress should approve the ERI not only to deter […]

Yemen’s Fate at ...

Yemen’s Fate at Stake

(Photo: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) By: Bushra AL-Huthi As the war in Yemen continues to tear the country apart, the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, set December 15, 2015 as the start date for a new seven-day series of peace talks in Geneva. The talks brought together representatives of the Houthis, the General People’s […]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldie...

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, “Volunteer”

  By Elizabeth Pond “An exclusive report on the inner workings of Russian intelligence in Ukraine, from the Berlin Policy Journal’s network of highly placed (fictional) intelligence operatives.” The full article was published in the Berlin Policy Journal on December 15, 2015 and can be found here.

Will Ukraine’s O...

Will Ukraine’s Oligarchs Now Snatch Defeat?

By Elizabeth Pond Ukraine has miraculously fought the Russian military behemoth to a standstill and fighting has ceased in the Donbas.  With Russian pressure off, Ukraine’s oligarchs are turning complacent and sliding back into corruption as usual.  The question now becomes whether they will block real reform and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. […]

Will Ukraine snatch de...

Will Ukraine snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

By Elizabeth Pond With the heavy guns suddenly silenced on the Donbass “truce” line for a month, a new era has begun. The reading of many Ukrainians (I agree) is that Sphynx Putin has finally realized that his undeclared war on Ukraine is hurting Russia itself more than Ukraine or the West and is trying […]

Women, Peace and Secur...

Women, Peace and Security in Dutch Foreign Policy: A Recommendation for the New National Action Plan

By Alex Paul The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of women, peace and security issues. A Security Council member when Resolution 1325 was adopted in 2000, it will launch its third National Action Plan (NAP) for 1325 by the end of 2015. However, strong support for the principles and objectives of 1325 has […]

Comparing the All Star...

Comparing the All Stars to the Farm Team

Written by Ellen L. Haring Last month the Marine Corps began prepping the battlefield for their request for an exception to policy to keep women out of infantry occupations and units. On 10 September, the Marines released a 4-pague summary outlining findings from their gender integrated experimental task force which provided data that, not surprisingly, […]

A Useful Stalemate in ...

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  Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond / freestock.ca¹ By Elizabeth Pond Elizabeth Pond argues that Putin’s undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow’s influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3% of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to […]

Leveraging the Women, ...

Leveraging the Women, Peace and Security Plan

by Anna Powles and Jacqui True Anna Powles and Jacqui True analyze New Zealand’s draft National Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. They take a deeper look at the five focus areas of the National Action Plan: (1) ensuring women’s involvement in decision-making within conflict and post-conflict […]

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