EVENT: Collaborative Approaches to Global Security
Collaborative Approaches to Global Security is a multimedia event designed to foster new ideas about how to make peace inclusive.
The Newseum – Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Speakers and attendees include male and female government officials, military personnel, women peacebuilders, and other innovative thinkers from around the world.
Fifteen years ago, the UN Security Council passed a landmark resolution recognizing women’s vital roles in building peace and security. But inclusion isn’t just another box to check. Collaborating with women leaders allows those tackling violent conflict to excel at their mission and improves prospects for stability. The question is: “How can we do it effectively?”
On October 15, Inclusive Security—in association with the US Department of State—hosted a dynamic, multimedia event bringing together male and female defense and foreign policy experts with women leaders from more than 20 conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guatemala, Libya, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria. The event was held at the Newseum in Washington, DC and livestreamed across the world.
The program included a reflection on progress over the last 20 years, examples of policymakers and women leaders working together to create inclusive peace, a look at future security threats, and much more.
Watch the full recording of the event:
Collaborative Approaches to Global Security featured inspiring stories from women waging peace all over the world as well as insights from high-level U.S. officials and foreign policy leaders.
Strategic Adviser, Taskforce on the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan
Maria Abbas is the Strategic Adviser to the Taskforce on the Engagement of Women. Independently, she is a researcher and trainer on gender and governance issues, as well as an advocate for a rights-based constitution.
Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
As Assistant Administrator, Paige Alexander leads USAID’s Bureau for the Middle East, including the efforts of USAID missions and development programs in ten countries from North Africa through the Middle East. She has more than 20 years of experience in international development.
General John Allen (USMC, Ret.)
Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
General John Allen (USMC, Ret.) was appointed as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL by President Obama in September 2014. He is a retired U.S. Marine four star General and the former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013.
Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang
Executive Director, South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network
Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang is a lawyer and passionate activist. She is the Executive Director of South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network (SSWEN), a national indigenous network promoting gender equality and women’s rights, and empowering South Sudanese women to build peaceful societies in their country.
Kevin Baron (moderator)
Executive Editor, Defense One
For more than 15 years, Kevin Baron has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, and the Center for Public Integrity. Baron is former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association.
National Focal Point, Mano River Women’s Peace Network, Liberia
A development economist, Ruth Caesar has focused on issues related to gender, social transformation, and conflict resolution for more than 30 years. Between 2006 and 2009, she oversaw the implementation and monitoring of programs serving 101,000 ex-combatants in Liberia.
Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury
Member, UN High-Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on UN Security Council Resolution 1325
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury has devoted many years as an inspirational champion for sustainable peace and development. As a career diplomat, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of UNICEF Board, UN Under-Secretary-General, and the Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, he has a wealth of experience in the critical issues of our time.
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
With more than 30 years of experience in the UN system, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has managed development, political, peacebuilding, human rights, and humanitarian operations both at headquarters and in the field. Hailing from Argentina, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support in September 2014.
Founder and Director, Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Afghanistan
Wazhma Frogh has dedicated herself to advancing the inclusion of women in Afghan society for more than 17 years. She and her co-founder conceptualized the Research Institute of Women, Peace, and Security following their participation in Afghanistan’s Peace Loya Jirga in 2010, where they recognized that the voices and perspectives of women were largely missing.
Founder and Chair, The Institute for Inclusive Security
Ambassador Swanee Hunt founded and chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, whose bold goal is to transform decision making about war and peace. Through government consultation, research, leadership development, and advocacy, Inclusive Security increases the participation of all stakeholders—particularly women—in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflicts.
Nigerian pastor and interfaith peace activist
Regular bloodshed in her home state spurred Esther Ibanga to abandon a lucrative 16-year career in Nigeria’s Central Bank to undertake a full-time ministry. Following a series of religiously-motivated massacres, she founded the Women Without Walls Initiative to unite Christian and Muslim women to fight for peace.
Vice Chair, The Institute for Inclusive Security
Originally from Sarajevo, Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic assisted efforts to stop the bloodshed and promote post-war reconciliation in his homeland. He has been at the forefront of Inclusive Security’s efforts to design and implement high-impact national policies on women’s inclusion, and previously directed the organization’s programming in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as its training and leadership development work.
Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf (USAF, Ret.)
Director, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Lt. Gen. Dan “Fig” Leaf became the Director, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in January 2012. Formerly the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), Lt. Gen. Leaf retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008 after more than 33 years of service.
Member, House of Representatives, Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zana Marjanović has been a member of the House of Representatives, the upper house of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina since September 2014. She is a member of the multi-party parliamentary Women’s Caucus of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which focuses on ensuring that gender equality issues are mainstreamed across the work of the parliament.
Professor and Research Fellow, Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University
Monica McWilliams cofounded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a cross-conflict political party that played an instrumental role in the multi-party peace negotiations. She is a signatory of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and chaired the Implementation Committee on Human Rights on behalf of the British and Irish governments.
Vice President of the Executive Board, Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas
Luz Méndez is Vice President of the Executive Board to Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas. She participated in the Guatemalan peace negotiations as the only female member of Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca, contributing to unprecedented commitments for gender equality in the peace accords.
Founder and President of The Voice of Libyan Women
Member, High-level Advisory Group for Global Study on UNSCR 1325
In the wake of the Arab Spring, Dr. Alaa Murabit founded the Voice of Libyan Women to address the instability, extremism, and corruption that plague her country. Now, she travels around Libya and the world to advocate for women to have a say in the security issues that govern their daily lives.
Director, Inclusive Security
As Director of Inclusive Security, Jacqueline O’Neill is responsible for overall policy, advocacy, and programs. She oversees all regional initiatives as well as Inclusive Security’s support to governments and civil society on the creation and strengthening of national strategies and action plans.
Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights
National Security Council
Stephen Pomper is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. He advises President Obama on matters pertaining to human rights and global engagement with allies.
Owner, Studio 88 Radio Station
Amna Popovac has been the owner of radio station Studio 88 since 1998, which she launched to contribute to the normalization of life in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In April 2011, she produced “Santiceva 88” with Federal Television, a documentary discussing the senseless war, and especially highlighting the places where Studio 88 had a main role.
Executive Director, PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Pakistan
Mossarat Qadeem saves not only individual lives; she saves families. A skilled communicator, she uses her detailed knowledge of the Quran to work directly with mothers of radicalized youths to rescue young men—including potential suicide bombers—who are being exploited by extremists.
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Cathy Russell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, focusing on military families and higher education.
CEO, Mindanao Commission on Women
Irene M. Santiago is CEO of the Mindanao Commission on Women and Lead Convener of the “Women. Seriously!” Global Campaign on Women, Peace, and Security. From 2001 to 2004, she served on the Philippines Government Peace Negotiating Panel for Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), making her one of the few women in the world with formal peace negotiating experience.
Associate, Deloitte Consulting
Joseph Tucker currently works for Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he served as the Negotiations Team Leader in the Office of the US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan at the Department of State.
Kholoud Waleed (pseudonym)
Cofounder, Enab Baladi, Syria
Kholoud Waleed led one of the largest underground women’s organizations inside Syria, working to overcome violence and promote democracy. Since death threats forced her to leave, she has continued the struggle from across the border, coordinating a network of citizen journalists inside Syria.
Connecting Worlds Apart
The world said “never again,” but watched as Bosnia fell apart. A policy failure, rooted in disconnect between those at the table and those living at the heart of the violence.
- Zana Marjanović – Member, House of Representatives, Bosnian Parliament
- Amna Popovac – Owner, Studio 88 Radio Station
Together, we celebrate 20 years in pursuit of inclusive security—and commit to making meaningful inclusion a reality in the years to come.
- Ambassador Swanee Hunt – U.S. Ambassador to Austria (1993-1997); Founder and Chair, Inclusive Security
- Mirsad Jačević – Vice Chair, Inclusive Security
- Ambassador Catherine Russell – U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Building the Movement
We stand on the shoulders of giants. Four pioneers of the inclusive security agenda reflect on the moments that led us here.
- Irene Santiago – CEO, Mindanao Commission on Women
- Luz Méndez – Vice President of the Executive Board, Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas
- Monica McWilliams – Professor and Research Fellow, Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University Ambassador
- Anwarul Chowdhury – Member, UN High-Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on UN Security Council Resolution 1325
Making the Case
Women improve the operational effectiveness of security forces. To leverage this powerful resource, militaries must acknowledge and understand women’s ability to end war.
- Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf (USAF, Ret.) – Director, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
What happens when women leaders work with each other and a range of policymakers to address threats to peace and security? In Sudan and South Sudan, this collaboration changes lives.
- Maria Abbas – StrategicAdviser, Taskforce on the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan
- Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang – Executive Director, South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network
- Joseph Tucker – Associate, Deloitte Consulting
- Jacqueline O’Neill (moderator) – Director, Inclusive Security
Translating Rhetoric to Impact
Inclusive security is more than just words on paper. To create lasting impact, we need to change policy and practice.
- Michelle Bachelet – President of Chile (via video)
Countering Violent Extremism
Countries around the world are mobilizing the address the rise of violent extremism. Their greatest resource is women—at the frontlines of preventing and addressing this global threat in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond.
- Wazhma Frogh – Founder and Director, Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Afghanistan
- Mossarat Qadeem – Executive Director, PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Pakistan
Resetting the Peace Table (video)
In today’s peace talks, half of the population is dramatically unrepresented. Here’s why that matters.
Facing Future Threats to Security
Cyber crime, violent extremism, pandemics, climate change. These are some of the many challenges likely to loom only larger in the next two decades. How can collaborative approaches help us address them?
- Paige Alexander – Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East, USAID
- Ruth Caesar – Founding Member, Mano River Women’s Peace Network
- Oscar Fernandez-Taranco – UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
- Alaa Murabit – Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women
- Kevin Baron (moderator) – Executive Editor, Defense One
Along with its global partners, the US government recognizes the essential roles of women in preventing, ending, and rebuilding after violent conflict.
- Stephen Pomper – White House Senior Director, Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights
- General John Allen (USMC, Ret.) – Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (via video)
Real change requires shifting how we think about security. We want the world to look different in 20 years. The need is real, the time is now.
- Ambassador Swanee Hunt
- Ambassador Catherine Russell
- Kholoud Waleed – Cofounder, Enab Baladi, Syria
- Esther Ibanga – Senior Pastor, Jos Ministries in Nigeria
Meaningful inclusion requires all of us. That’s why we’re bringing together hundreds of innovative thinkers from a range of fields and diverse countries. Below, you can find out who’s coming to Collaborative Approaches to Global Security.
Women Waging Peace
Members of Inclusive Security’s 2,000-strong network of global women leaders will attend from:
The Palestinian Territories
Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Embassy of Afghanistan
Halifax International Security Forum
Harvard Kennedy School
Human Rights Watch
Institute for State Effectiveness
International Civil Society Action Network
International Peace and Security Institute
International Peace Institute
Middle East Children’s Institute
National Defense University
National Security Council
New America Foundation
P3 Solutions, LLC
Partners for Democratic Change
Peace and Security Funders Group
Search for Common Ground
Shekina Lobbying & Consulting
United States Institute of Peace
US Agency for International Development
US Chamber of Commerce
US Department of Defense
US Department of Justice
US Department of State
US Global Leadership Coalition
US House of Representatives
USAID Secretariat for Countering Violent Extremism
Winning Strategies, LLC
Women for Women International
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