This piece originally appeared in Global Post. A female peshmerga fighter in a Kurdish area of Syria. Since 2012, an all-female brigade called the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) has battled the Islamic State in the northern part of the country. (Photo: Niklas Meltio/Corbis/APImages) Open your favorite fashion magazine these days and you may see an […]
For the last five years, the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP), introduced by President Hamid Karzai in June 2010, has been the roadmap for national reconciliation, including a political settlement with the Taliban and the reintegration of demobilized Taliban fighters. The plan expires at the end of this year. Faced with limited successes so […]
Photo: NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Growing numbers of young men and women are leaving their homes to join violent extremist groups in Iraq, Syria, and other parts of the globe. National and international policymakers, meanwhile, are struggling to figure out how to stem the tide. As countries develop their plans of action, they must take a […]
Photo: Kate Holt/AusAID Women often take on different social, political, and economic responsibilities during the upheaval of war. In some cases, after violence ends, they maintain these new roles and claim a larger space in public life. Take Rwanda, for example. In the 20 years after the genocide, women rose to positions of influence. The […]
What does bravery look like? What strength and character does it take to risk imprisonment, torture, and even death for the sake of a future you may not see? I know what it looks like. I’ve witnessed it in Syrians of all ages, religions, and ethnicities. I’ve seen it in hundreds of simple and not-so-simple […]
Ambassador Cunningham presents the Legacy Award to Swanee Hunt. Photo: Women for Afghan Women Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder and Chair of The Institute for Inclusive Security, was honored last week for her “trailblazing” contributions to Afghan women. Women for Afghan Women presented her with a Legacy Award at their 14th annual gala in New York […]
This article, by Council on Foreign Relations Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Catherine Powell, was originally posted on the CFR blog. This fall marks both the fifteenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and securityand the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action: two momentous and pivotal moments for women and women’s […]
Ambassador Swanee Hunt speaks at an event in October 2014. The Institute for Inclusive Security’s founder and chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, recently spoke about the role of women in peacebuilding at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. In the lead-up to the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 this October, Ambassador Hunt explained how […]
The United Nations has enacted 71 peacekeeping missions since 1948, when the first force was deployed to the Middle East. Over one million people have served as UN peacekeepers—or “Blue Helmets”—helping countries maintain security and rebuild after war.
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To mark the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords—which ended the Bosnian war—The Institute for Inclusive Security’s Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, moderated a discussion by senior diplomats reflecting on the international community’s responses to the conflict. As US envoy to Austria from 1993-1997, Ambassador Hunt hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on […]