Notably absent from recent headlines about the potential withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is talk of the dangerous consequences such a decision could have for women and girls in the region—and the lack of women’s representation in the ongoing “peace talks” between the Trump administration and leaders of the Taliban.
Only 12 percent of the people who held leadership positions in the field of nuclear security from the 1970s to 2019, including in an acting capacity, were women. (Only 2 percent of that 12 percent were women of color.) Their stories deserve to be told. That’s why Heather Hurlburt, Elizabeth Weingarten and Alexandra Stark and I set out to create the first oral history of how these pioneers impacted policy and the obstacles they faced to make it happen.
“I just knew that if we didn’t focus on peace and security and the role that women can and should play, we would be missing opportunities that would make a big difference to ending conflict, saving lives and creating more peaceful situations that would be good for the United States.”
The 2011 debut of Women, War and Peace was a landmark. Seven years later, the intersections of gender and conflict remain as relevant as ever—so PBS is releasing four more installments.
Women’s participation has been proven to lead to more sustainable peace agreements and better social outcomes in conflict resolution, but women around the world still lack seats at the peace-making table. Enter Peace Science Digest’s special issue on gender and conflict.
Canada hosted a historic convening last month of female foreign ministers organized in an effort to cultivate feminist foreign policy that actually sustains lasting change—as opposed to policies that do not spur meaningful action.
Under Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller’s leadership, NATO has redoubled efforts to integrate women’s perspectives and participation.
After the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban, foreign policy experts spoke out in opposition—but they have played their own role in the creation of the ban’s precedent, and the decisions about who is an “adversary” and who is not.
There’s a real opportunity for G7 and G20 countries to drive the feminist agenda forward this year—but first, they must unify.
“God, grant me the confidence of a mediocre white dude.” Sarah Hagi’s quote came to mind as I watched a bombastic, overconfident President Trump cause the demise of a truly historic nuclear deal.