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The State of Women in International Security (WIIS)


After considerable deliberation, the recent Women in International Security (WIIS) Progress Report acknowledges “women are increasingly occupying high-ranking, visible power positions in national security and foreign policy. There have been great strides in recent decades, but it is also clear that much more needs to be done to support women’s leadership.” The focus of the January 28, 2012 panel discussion concerns the state of women and international security. During the course of the event panelists will explore a number of critical questions: (1) What are the strategies that are available to expand the influence of women within U.S. Executive Branch departments and agencies that deal with international security (2) The report reveals that there is no shortage of women who want to pursue a career in government, “but there are gaps in leadership training and formal mentoring programs … (Progress Report 2010)” How will women in and outside of international security address these issues? (3) What are the institutional, cultural and gender restrictions that still impact the advancement of women in international security (4) What will current senior executives do to increase the access to jobs for the next generation of women seeking entrance into international security

Date and Time: Saturday January 28, 2012, 10am-12pm

Location: O’Connor Auditorium  

Keynote Address:
Jolynn Shoemaker
, Director of Women in International Security (WIIS) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Marcia Thompson, Attorney and Adjunct Faculty Trinity Washington University

Panel Presentations:

  • The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution and Peace presented by Pamela Aall, Provost of the US Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding
  •  The Role of Women and Intelligence presented by Audrey Tomason, National Counterterrorism Center
  • Women and International Security in Afghanistan presented by Dr. Patricia T. Morris, President of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and a Senior Associate for Gender and Development at Creative Associates International

 Sponsored by International Security Studies (ISS) Program, School of Professional Studies

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