Why the Next US Administration Must Include Women and Civil Society in National Security

Why the Next US Administration Must Include Women and Civil Society in National Security

On May 20, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder and Chair of Inclusive Security, and Wafa Bughaighis, senior Libyan government representative to the US and a member of Inclusive Security’s Women Waging Peace Network, welcomed participants at the first meeting of a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) roundtable series on “The Future of Security.” Co-hosted by […]

Countering Violent Extremism Depends on Women


Posted by on April 26, 2016
Countering Violent Extremism Depends on Women

This article, by Jillian Slutzker, was originally published by Creative Associates International. Women can and should play a larger role in identifying and reducing the root causes that drive individuals to radicalization and possible violent extremism, according to experts at the CVE Symposium in Washington, D.C. “Exclusion breeds conflict and the processes that are used […]

Women Absent from Myanmar’s Peace Talks

Women Absent from Myanmar’s Peace Talks

Tasked with ending the world’s longest-running civil war, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has made peace the top priority of her new government. But she is one of few women at the helm of this critical peace process. According to a new policy brief by the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), […]

“Imagine If the Minister Had Listened to Us.”

“Imagine If the Minister Had Listened to Us.”

Wazhma Frogh, Founder and Director of the Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, describes how Afghan women reported warning signs of violent extremism in their rural communities–and what happened when the government ignored them. This video is from “Collaborative Approaches to Global Security,” a multimedia event presented by Inclusive Security in association with the […]

How Getting Women Involved Can Combat Extremism and Save Lives


Posted by on April 1, 2016
How Getting Women Involved Can Combat Extremism and Save Lives

This article was published by PBS NewsHour. As increasingly costly, disruptive and deadly conflicts unfold around the world, a House hearing last week highlighted that when women participate in negotiations, the resulting agreement is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years. “Think about the lives saved and economies maintained by a 35 […]

In the Wake of Ebola, Sierra Leone Seeks to Renew Holistic Push for Peace and Gender Equality

In the Wake of Ebola, Sierra Leone Seeks to Renew Holistic Push for Peace and Gender Equality

This article was originally published by One Earth Future.  Authored by Alexandra Amling and Brittany Persinger Sierra Leone launched its National Action Plan (SiLNAP) for advancing women’s participation in decision-making around peace and security in 2010, following a comprehensive assessment that mapped existing national, provincial, and local level initiatives. Implementation of the SiLNAP started off […]

House Holds “Truly Historic” Hearing on Women and Security


Posted by on March 22, 2016
House Holds “Truly Historic” Hearing on Women and Security

The House Foreign Affairs Committee held the first-ever hearing by a full congressional panel on the role of women in peace and security. Jacqueline O’Neill, Director of The Institute for Inclusive Security, one of three witnesses, testified that the hearing “put a crucial topic squarely on the agenda of one of the most prominent committees […]

Balance Aside, Experts Tout Vital Role Women Play in Peace Talks


Posted by on March 22, 2016
Balance Aside, Experts Tout Vital Role Women Play in Peace Talks

This article was originally published by Courthouse News Service. On heightened alert after terrorist attacks in Brussels that morning, members of Congress focused Tuesday on the vital role women play in countering violent extremism. When women participate in peacemaking efforts, those processes result in agreements 98 percent of the time, and are 35 percent more […]

Time for Congress to Take the Lead on Inclusive Security

Time for Congress to Take the Lead on Inclusive Security

This article was originally published by The Hill. Consider an all-too-familiar scenario. A civil war smolders, hundreds of thousands have died. With U.S. interests at stake, we’ve invested billions of dollars and countless hours of diplomacy to convince the warring parties to reach an agreement. These negotiations aren’t just about securing a temporary ceasefire; they […]

VIDEO: Ambassador Swanee Hunt: “We’re Talking About Security”


Posted by on March 17, 2016
VIDEO: Ambassador Swanee Hunt: “We’re Talking About Security”

Ambassador Swanee Hunt recounts her conversation with a US general in 2003, who said of Iraq: “When we get the place secure, then we’ll be able to talk about women’s issues.” She counters that, in order to build security, we need to draw on 100% of our resources. This video is from the opening of […]

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