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2019 Cohort

Examining Gender, Great Power Politics, Nuclear Security & Non-Proliferation

The 2019  Next Generation Symposium convened an international cohort of 23 graduate students and young professionals for an intensive five-day program examining international security challenges from a Gender, Peace, and Security perspective.


The symposium took place between November 11-15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. In 2019,  participants took up the subject to accomplish the Initiative’s goals of (1) advancing knowledge about the gender dimensions of international security challenges; and (2) supporting a community of international security experts that is both diverse and knowledgeable about gender dynamics of complex international security challenges.

WIIS received 500 applicants for the 23 spots, resulting in an extremely competitive selection process.

  • Gender: 20 participants were women, and 3 were men.
  • Education: 12 participants were pursuing or had recently completed, their Ph.D., and 11 were current or recent Master’s students.
  • Age Range: Participation in the Symposium was limited to young leaders between the ages of 24 and 40. 9 participants were ages 24-29, 9 were ages 30-35, and 3 were ages 36-40.
  • Regional Representation: Three participants were from Africa, 9 from North America, 4 from Europe, 5 from South or Southeast Asia, 1 from the Middle East and North Africa, and 1 from Latin America

Felicia Dede Addy

Shikshya Adhikari

Rahaf Aldoughli

Mutti Anggitta

Çağlayan Başer

Zoya Belmesova

Chantel Cole

Merve Erdilmen

Farnush Ghadery

Melodie Ha

Layla Hashemi

Ibrahim Abdulmajeed

Elinor Mcnamee

Mónica Mendez Caballero

Dismas Ndayikengurukiye

Amanda Trea Phua

Emily Sample

Ana Sanchez Cobaleda

Sophie Schor

Madison Schramm

Smita Singh

Dallin Van Leuven

Jana Wattenberg