Past Events

RSIS Seminar by Dr Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, RSIS Visiting Senior Fellow; and President, Women in International Security (WIIS)

Date:

April 18-26, 2016

Location: 

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
Block S4, Level B4
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798

In 2000 the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1325. For the first time the UN Security Council recognized that just and lasting peace will not be achieved without the full and equal participation of women. UN Security Council member states also recognized the importance of a gender perspective when engaging in conflict resolution efforts. The resolution has been followed by eight resolutions, including resolutions dealing with conflict related sexual violence—collectively they are known as the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Over 58 countries and many regional organizations (including military organizations such as NATO) have adopted action plans to implement this resolution at a national or regional level. These plans detail how they advance gender equality and integrate a gender perspective within their foreign and security policies. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat will examine the relevance of gender and the WPS agenda to peace and security challenges in the 21st century. She will assess the implementation of the WPS agenda, including approaches to conflict related sexual violence, and outline future directions for the WPS agenda.

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill

Date:

May 3, 2016

Location:

188 Russell Senate Office Building

2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Washington, DC 20002

The Women in International Security (WIIS) DC Chapter and WIIS Global office invite you to an informative panel discussion on "Navigating your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill." This event will kick off a series of panel discussions across different sectors on how to successfully navigate a career. Panelists from both sides of the aisle will share their experience working as personal and committee staff, and provide advice for young professionals. This is a great opportunity for those interested in a career on Capitol Hill or in the security sector to gain first-hand career advice from experienced professionals through an informal and engaging discussion.
The "Navigating Your Career" series seeks to help women navigate real and presumed obstacles in their careers. This series will consist of panel discussions once every two months on how to navigate a career in a variety of sectors including intelligence and defense, women peace and security (WPS), diplomacy, development, and academia.
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Book Launch - Dr. J. Ann Tickner, A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations

Date:
October 9, 2014

Location:
Abramson Family Founders Room
School of International Service, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

The School of International Service is honored to host the launch of Dr. J. Ann Tickner's book, “A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations.” Her latest book explores the methodological and epistemological story of feminist interventions in International Relations.

Panelists:

Dr. Robert Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director of SIPRI North America
Dr. Elisabeth Prügl, Professor of International Affairs, Graduate Institute Geneva
Dr. Christine Chin (Moderator), Professor, School of International Service

Introductory Remarks by Dean James Goldgeier, Dean of the School of International Service, American University.

 

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US Priorities in South Asia Beyond 2014: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: October 8, 2014
Location: WIIS Global
1111 19th Street NW (12th floor)
Washinton, DC 20036

Women In International Security, in collaboration with Georgetown University, hosted a panel discussion on the precarious regional stability of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are experiencing political transition that have impacted U.S. policy in the region. While Afghanistan's elections were an initial success, the stand off between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, has poised Afghanistan upon a precarious political perch. Simultaneously, the United States and its allies are preparing the way to draw down in the war-torn country. Meanwhile in Pakistan, the Nawaz Sharif government has come under pressure in spite of winning a decisive majority in the May 2013 elections. Some analysts suspect the army is behind the latest agitations to weaken the Sharif government to ensure its continued role in state affairs and combat recent gains in democratization in the state. In India, the most recent general elections led to the inauguration of a known Hindu nationalist, Narendra Modi, as Prime Minister.

How are these political developments effecting stability in the region generally and what are their impacts on U.S. interests in particular? Panelists discussed these important regional developments and explored future interests and strategies.

Panelists:

Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation

Dr. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (Moderator), President, Women In International Security

 

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NATO’s Balancing Act

Date: May 21, 2014
Location: The U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Russia’s invasion of Crimea poses an urgent and serious challenge for the venerable Atlantic Alliance. Some argue that in response NATO needs to prioritize collective defense, its original mission, and deemphasize the crisis management and cooperative security roles that have involved the Alliance in conflicts from Afghanistan to Libya.

The impact of the Ukraine crisis on NATO’s balancing among these three tasks remains to be seen. Will the 28 NATO member countries agree on a common analysis of the threat? What is the role of individual NATO members, and to what extent are they willing to invest in new capabilities? These questions will be at the forefront of September’s NATO Summit in South Wales, the first since the 2012 Chicago meeting.

Join us for a discussion exploring the Alliance’s future with four world-renowned NATO experts, including David S. Yost, author of NATO’s Balancing Act (Washington, DC: USIP Press 2014).

Welcome

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, WIIS and former Associate Vice President of the USIP Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program

Panel Discussion

Michael Brown, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University

Catherine Kelleher, Moderator, Senior Fellow, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and President Emirita of WIIS

Gale Mattox, Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy, and American Institute for Contemporary German StudieS

David S. Yost, Professor of International Relations, Naval Postgraduate School and author of NATO’s Balancing Act

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Copies of NATO’s Balancing Act will be available for purchase at the event.

 

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Missing Peace Young Scholars' Contributions to the UK Global Summit

May 23, 2014

Location:
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037 | Directions

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The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Women in International Security (WIIS), the Human Rights Center at University of California-Berkley and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) hosted the Missing Peace Initiative Young Scholars for a panel event on May 23, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at USIP. The Young Scholars Network is an extension of the Missing Peace Initiative, and brings together a global community of scholars currently researching innovative methodologies to address the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.

In support of the British Government's June 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict this event examined the current research initiatives to end sexual violence in conflict and offer important insights from pioneering studies conducted by members of the Missing Peace Young Scholars Network.

The panel will offer an opportunity for international policy and academic communities to identify challenges and gaps in preventing and mitigating sexual and gender-based violence worldwide. The outcomes of the two-day workshop and public event will be forwarded to the co-chairs of the London Summit, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Ms. Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Women in Combat Units: Experiences of Partner Nations

On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense announced its decision to eliminate the ground combat exclusion policy and begin the process of opening 238,000 direct ground combat positions to women. With this historic development, the U.S. joins a small but growing list of countries in which all military positions are open to women on an equal basis to men. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden all permit women in all combat units. France, Israel, and the Netherlands permit women in combat positions but they are barred from some units. Brazil is currently looking at how to include women in combat positions, and Australia is already phasing women in. Many other countries including the UK send women to the front line in non-combat roles, or permit women to be fighter pilots.

As the US moves forward with full integration, the services have consulted with some partner nations on an individual basis.  The purpose of this conference is to bring together a large community of practice in a single event to share the expertise of partner nations who have already fully integrated their militaries.

Date: 1-2 May 2014

Location: Day 1: Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room (Room 325), 2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Day 2: Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Click here for the agenda for this event.

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