WPS + GPS Initiative

WIIS is pleased to announce the launch of a new two-year Initiative: the Women, Peace, and Security + Gender Peace, and Security (WPS + GPS) Initiative!

The WPS + GPS Initiative is designed to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the WPS community.  The Initiative seeks to reframe and broaden the WPS agenda to include a Gender, Peace, and Security agenda in order to advance knowledge and build and support a community of international security experts that is more diverse and knowledgeable about the gender dimensions of complex international security challenges. The Initiative will include a research and book project as well as a Next Generation Symposium bringing together an international cohort of next generation leaders in peace and security.

 

Research and Book Project

The research and book project will bring together authors from across the world, across genders, across generations, and across disciplines to advance our understanding of the gender dimensions of international security challenges.  Authors will analyze pressing security challenges with a gender perspective. They will also assess the shortcomings of both the WPS agenda and the traditional security agenda and propose a new more inclusive WPS+GPS agenda.

 

Next Generation Symposium

The five-day symposium will examine international security challenges from a gender perspective and bring together an international cohort of 24 graduate students (MA and PhD students). The symposium is scheduled to take place November 12-19, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The symposium will feature interactive lectures and seminar discussions on the gender dimensions of international security challenges. In addition, symposium participants will receive professional development and skills training, including how to effectively communicate with the media, write for policymakers, and leverage social media. Participants will also gain exposure to government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks.

Finally, symposium participants will be invited to actively participate in the first workshop of the WPS+GPS research and book project. This project brings together leading scholars and experts across disciplines and across the globe to take stock of WPS+GPS efforts and define the research and policy agendas for the future. WIIS will seek to pair graduate students with senior members of the research and book project and encourage them to set up joint research and writing teams. In addition, selected participants will be requested to write two blogs following the symposium.

 

Call for Applications – Next Generation Symposium

WIIS invites innovative, energetic young leaders to apply for the Next Generation Symposium. Selection for the symposium is based on a competitive application process. WIIS will invite 24 applicants to participate in the program. Candidates must be:

  • Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Masters or PhD program in international affairs, political science, international development, security studies, gender studies, anthropology, or a related discipline. Students who will be enrolled within the next academic year will also be considered;
  • Between the ages of 25 and 40;
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English;
  • All genders are encouraged to apply.

 

Application Materials

Prospective participants must provide the following application materials:

  • Application form that can be found HERE;
  • Resume;
  • Letter of interest which should address the following:
    • Why the applicant is interested;
    • How the applicant’s experience, education, and general background would contribute to the Next Generation Symposium; and
    • How the Symposium would enhance the applicant’s career moving forward.
  • Two letters of reference submitted directly to WIIS by references at: NextGenerationSymposium@wiisglobal.org. The subject line should read, "Reference 2017 NGS: applicant's last name."
  • A high-resolution photo

All inquires and application materials can be submitted to: NextGenerationSymposium@wiisglobal.org.

The subject line should read, "Application 2017 NGS: applicant's last name."

Applications are due by June 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT. Selected participants will receive formal invitations in late June/early July 2017.

 

Sponsorship

This Initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Both were original funders of WIIS, and have long understood that sustainable advances in international affairs require community building and field building. Their support is critical in building and nurturing a more diverse security community that advances equal rights for all.

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