What does the Women, Peace and Security agenda include today? To mark the publication of the edited collection New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020), this webinar explores the challenges, tensions and future directions for the agenda as we approach the twentieth anniversary of its founding resolution.
Contributors will discuss their research and advocacy on race, sexuality, climate and arms control, issues that have historically been neglected in the agenda, which pose fundamental challenges to its self-image, or which might be reimagined for its third decade.
About the speakers:
Toni Haastrup (@ToniHaastrup) is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Stirling. She is interested in the Global Governance of Security primarily through the workings of regional security institutions and has been researching the politics of both the African and European Unions since 2007. A part of her current research agenda she uses a critical feminist lens to understand the foreign policy practices of both institutions. Toni has published on the relationship between the two institutions, including her monograph, Charting Transformation through Security: Contemporary-EU Africa Relations (Palgrave, 2013) and published in several international journals including Journal of European Integration, Journal of Common Market Studies, South African Journal of International Affairs among many others. Toni has also taught extensively on the politics of European security, contemporary global security challenges and crisis in Europe and is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Common Market Studies.
Jamie J. Hagen (@Jamiejhagen) is a Lecturer in international relations and co-director of the Centre for Gender in Politics at Queen's University Belfast. Her work at the intersection of gender, security studies and queer theory appears in a number of peer reviewed journals including International Affairs (2016), and Critical Studies in Security (2017). Jamie has also written a number of book chapters including ‘Extending acts of motherhood: Storytelling as resistance to stigma’ for the forthcoming edited collection Troubling Motherhood (Oxford University Press, 2020). Jamie is currently the Associate Editor of Digital Media for the International Feminist Journal of Politics and is Chair-Elect for the LGBTQA Caucus for the International Studies Association. Jamie received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Global Governance and Human Security program in 2018. Jamie was the 2018-2019 ISA James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellow. For Spring 2019 she was also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School for Economics and Politics.
Helen Kezie-Nwoha (@keziehelen) is a feminist peace activist and a women human rights defender from Nigeria. She is currently the Executive Director at The Women’s International Peace Centre, formerly Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE). The Centre is a feminist organisation that focus on promoting women’s rights in conflict and post conflict settings. Helen has an academic background in gender and international development with over 18 years of experience working on women’s rights, gender, peace building, conflict resolution and governance in Nigeria, Liberia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Uganda. She has led peace advocacy efforts at international, regional and national levels specifically in Africa and Asia. Her research interests focus on women’s peace efforts and women’s participation in peace building and post conflict reconstruction; documenting women and girls’ refugee experiences; and gender and humanitarian response. She is currently researching grassroots women’s peace efforts in South Sudan and gender and post conflict reconstruction in northern Uganda.
Anna Stavrianakis (@StavrianakisA) is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. Her main research interests are the international arms trade, UK arms export policy, international arms transfer control, and militarism and security in North-South perspective. Her first book, Taking Aim at the Arms Trade. NGOs, Global Civil Society and the World Military Order (Zed Books, June 2010), analysed the way that NGOs such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, Saferworld and Campaign Against Arms Trade work for tighter controls on the arms trade. Since then, she has written a series of articles about UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen; and the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which sets common international standards for the regulation of arms transfers. She is also the co-editor of Militarism and International Relations: Political Economy, Security, Theory. Anna is also an Associate Editor at Security Dialogue. Anna studied for her first degree at Bristol University (BA Politics and German, 2000), her Masters at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (MSc Econ Security Studies, 2001) and her PhD back at Bristol (Politics, 2007).
Eva Tabbasam joined GAPS (@NoWomenNoPeace) in February 2020 as Policy, Advocacy & Communications Coordinator. She has worked across Europe and the Middle East, focusing on youth participation, gender and refugee law. Previously, Eva has worked for World Vision Lebanon and the UK civil service. She holds an MSc in Women, Peace and Security from LSE, where she specialised in the interaction between the UK’s Prevent agenda and Women, Peace and Security.
Chair: Paul Kirby (@PaulCinnam0n) is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. Paul’s research currently focuses on three topics: first, the politics of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, especially as it is conceived and practiced by states in the ‘global north’; second, feminist and gender theory in international relations, primarily explanations for wartime sexual violence but also more recently the history of feminist thinking about statecraft and the state; and third, the emerging governance of masculinity in global politics, as in efforts to reform or abolish ‘problematic’, ‘toxic’ or ‘hyper-’ masculinity.