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25 September 2020

Roundtable of key experts and practitioners discuss Women in Peace & Security

The School of Security Studies held a Roundtable event to mark the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325

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To mark the 20th anniversary since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) this autumn, the School of Security Studies held a roundtable of key experts and practitioners to discuss the agenda’s past, present and potential futures.

The event, chaired by Dr Amanda Chisholm and Dr Andrea Ellner was split into two halves covering the key questions on how the resolution was established, what progress has been made to date and what measures should be taken next. It was attended by over 100 participants including staff and students from King’s College London and other institutions, military personnel and fellow practitioners.

The panel consisted of:

  • Soumita Basu, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the South Asian University, New Delhi
  • Jamie J. Hagen,Lecturer in international relations at Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Aiko Holvikivi, Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security
  • Cynthia Petrigh, International expert in support to societies in transition
  • Swarna Rajagopalan, Political scientist and founding member of the Women's Regional Network
  • Saskia Stachowitsch, Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna

The panels and thought-provoking Q&A sessions covered several important topics such as; how to provide visibility and support to local peace initiatives, the costs and benefits of institutionalising WPS, how to bring WPS initiatives into the work of armed forces or organisations like NATO, how to bring more diverse perspectives on WPS and how to empower women to be agents and implementers of WPS policies.

Watch the event recording here.

Each participant offered sharp and pointed analysis and showcased how WPS moves across multiple political landscapes and fields of study. We are excited for future collaborations with such esteemed colleagues.

Dr Amanda Chisholm and Dr Andrea Ellner

War Studies podcast series on WPS

The War Studies Podcast welcomed back guests from the Women, Peace and Security Roundtable to feature in three special podcasts episodes for the War Studies Podcast.  

Watch the episodes here:

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Andrea Ellner

Lecturer in Defence Studies

Amanda Chisholm

Reader in Gender and Security