US House Passes Bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act

Posted by on November 15, 2016
US House Passes Bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act

The US House of Representatives took a giant bipartisan step toward involving women in peace and security by passing legislation to make inclusive security a core component of US foreign policy. The chamber today adopted the Women, Peace, and Security Act on a voice vote. The measure now moves to the Senate. During a Foreign […]

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

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: […]

Progress Toward Inclusive Security: Recommendations for the New Administration

Posted by Allison Peters, Angelic Young, and Olivia Holt-Ivry on October 1, 2016
Progress Toward Inclusive Security: Recommendations for the New Administration

In the face of complex global threats, from terrorism to resource scarcity, the US must expand its foreign policy toolbox. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that inclusion of women improves peace and security outcomes. When women participate in negotiations to end war, agreements last longer. When they serve in police forces, countries are better […]

How Our Next President Can Improve Security

Posted by on September 29, 2016
How Our Next President Can Improve Security

Seventy-five percent of American voters rank foreign policy as one of the most important issues influencing their vote in the 2016 elections. That’s second only to terrorism (80 percent) and the economy (84 percent). It’s clear that citizens are concerned about America’s role in fostering global prosperity and stability. In the face of complex threats, […]

What Clinton’s Candidacy Means to Women Worldwide

Posted by on July 27, 2016
What Clinton’s Candidacy Means to Women Worldwide

This article was originally published by Public Radio International. She doesn’t talk about it much on the campaign trail. But as she is lauded at home with a historic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is being praised abroad for decades of quiet work that put the rights of women around the world at the top of […]

A Quick Guide to the Women, Peace, and Security Act

A Quick Guide to the Women, Peace, and Security Act

“The benefits of women’s participation—and the risks of their exclusion—in all aspects of governance and peacekeeping are too great to ignore.” That was the sentiment expressed recently by Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) at a historic House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on advancing women’s inclusion in peace and security. Today, we commend the committee for putting […]

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 […]

The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

In case you missed it, earlier this week, the US Department of State sent a powerful message: that investment in gender equality supports US foreign policy and national security. It publicly released an overview of key accomplishments and challenges encountered while implementing the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security throughout 2014. This […]

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