How to Deal With the R...

How to Deal With the Risk of Rape and Sexual Assault When Doing Fieldwork?

By Alicia Luedke The incident at Terrain Hotel in the capital of South Sudan, Juba in July of this year, in which a number of aid workers were raped by government soldiers highlighted the risks that aid workers, particularly female aid workers face in high-risk areas. This is by no means intended to overshadow the horrific […]

Women and Preventing V...

Women and Preventing Violent Extremism at the Grassroots Level

By: Kristen Cordell Here in Pakistan, Mossarat Qadeem, founder of Paiman Trust, is working at the grassroots level with women, such as mothers, and Madrassa teachers, empowering them to take a stand against violent extremism in their communities. She is advocating for a preventative approach to the type of violent tragedy that recently unfolded in Lahore, where the majority […]

Learning from Civil So...

Learning from Civil Society at CSW60

By Clara Fisher, Paige Harland, Kat Ilich, and Erin McGown  For two weeks in March, thousands of women and men from every country, culture, and social group imaginable flocked to New York City to take part in the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. Their common goal: gender equality. Our George Washington University graduate […]

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 […]

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