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Women, Peace and Security Post-2015: Concepts, criticisms and challenges

 WPS workshop panel

The High-Level Review of the Implementation of UNSCR 1325, culminating in the publication of the UN Women report Preventing Conflict, Transforming Peace, Securing the Peace in October 2015, identified a number of significant achievements under the auspices of the WPS agenda that should be celebrated. There remain, however, manifest challenges in the conceptual organisation of the WPS agenda, its implementation, and its constitution in practice. 

This two day workshop brought together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and advocates with a mutual interest in the Women, Peace and Security agenda to share insights and further understanding of this complex terrain, to envision post-2015 engagement with the principles and practice of WPS. Participants presented ongoing research, practical challenges and policy problems, and engaged in constructive and critical dialogue.

Keynote presentations

In addition to themed panels and roundtable discussions (PDF agenda), the workshop featured two keynote addresses:

Anything Can Happen: Mapping Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-2015 Women, Peace and Security Agenda’
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, introduced by Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd
9 March 2016, LSE
Listen to the podcast (Note: sound quality during Q&A session varies)

The Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325
Nahla Valji, Peace and Security section, UN Women
Presentation on Preventing Conflict, Transforming Peace, Securing the Peace (PDF)

The Futures of Women, Peace and Security - special issue of International Affairs

The workshop coincided with the publication of a special issue of International Affairs, Europe's leading journal of international relations.

The Futures of Women, Peace and Security was launched at Chatham House on 8 March 2016, International Women's Day. The event featured Dr Soumita Basu, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd and was chaired by Dr Paul Kirby.

Download the journal (free access for a limited time) I Listen to podcast of the launch 

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