Taking Courage From the Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina
This article, co-authored by Swanee Hunt and Miki Jacevic, was originally published in a supplement to Wiener Zeitung.
The nature of violent conflict has shifted in recent decades, from th domain of states to internal struggles embroiling noncombatants in prolonged instability. Civilians–particularly women–aren’t only primary victims, they’re also experts. Yet our model of security still relies on engaging hard line politicians or those who hold the guns–and, in some cases, both. Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made women’s participation in peace and security a priority, most policymakers don’t seek them out and thus overlook key insights that would enable more effective intervention and reconstruction.
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