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Mind The Gender Capability Gap

Posted by on July 9, 2018
Mind The Gender Capability Gap

It’s a strategic blind spot for the Pentagon, but gender and warfare are inextricably intertwined. Let’s train our forces to face that. In 2009, frustrated that several male insurgents had escaped a cordoned area by disguising themselves as Afghan women in burqas, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Pottinger established the first U.S. Female Engagement Team […]

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Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

Posted by on April 27, 2018
Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained in two words how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. These contractual provisions allow film industry leaders to demand a more representative cast and crew. This approach is one worth considering well outside of Hollywood—including in the context of ending war and building peace. […]

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Why Women Are More Likely Than Men to Die in Natural Disasters

Posted by on October 12, 2017
Why Women Are More Likely Than Men to Die in Natural Disasters

Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey have devastated Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean as well as the southern United States in recent weeks. But none will be the great social leveler that catastrophic storms are often thought to be. If international experience is a guide, this extreme weather will cause greater suffering for […]

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Four Ways ISIS Manipulates Gender Dynamics

Posted by on June 1, 2017
Four Ways ISIS Manipulates Gender Dynamics

The apparently ISIS-inspired attack, at a concert by Ariana Grande, whose fans are disproportionately young and female, has drawn heated argument about the roles gender and sexism play in terrorism. We want to move past the pundits to hear what terrorism scholars and impacted communities have to say. Today, Inclusive Security President Jacqueline O’Neill and […]

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The Real Impact of a Female President? More Women in Politics

Posted by on October 25, 2016
The Real Impact of a Female President? More Women in Politics

This article was originally published by Public Radio International as part of its “Balance of Power” series. As the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump nears, the prospects have never been greater that the United States could join the 50 other democracies that have been led by a woman. So it’s timely to ask: […]

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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 […]

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7 Rules for Avoiding All-Male Panels

Posted by on March 8, 2016
7 Rules for Avoiding All-Male Panels

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. Tuesday is International Women’s Day, which means that in conference rooms and auditoriums across the globe, panels of predominantly female experts will tackle pressing issues. It’s a refreshing picture, to be sure. But we shouldn’t have to designate a date to get women on stage. In most […]

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Want Peace in Syria? Put Women at the Negotiating Table

Posted by on February 3, 2016
Want Peace in Syria? Put Women at the Negotiating Table

This article was originally published by Defense One. With a fresh diplomatic push under way to restart Syrian peace talks this month, we should absorb a critical lesson from the Bosnia conflict as we grapple for a way out of the Syria deadlock: To create sustainable peace, women must have a seat at the negotiating […]

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How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process

Posted by on July 9, 2015
How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. For the past five years, the Afghan government has sought a peace deal with the Taliban without much to show for the effort. But in the 10 months since President Ashraf Ghani has taken office, the long-stagnant peace process has shown new sparks of life. Negotiators have […]

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Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

Posted by on June 29, 2015
Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

This article was originally published by Global Post. Open your favorite fashion magazine these days and you may see an unfamiliar sight: women in uniform, holding automatic weapons. Strangely glam portraits of fierce female warriors have recently proliferated. To most, they seem novel, out of the ordinary. But the truth is that women have taken […]

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