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NATO’s Adoption of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: Making the Agenda a Reality

Wright, Katharine (2016) NATO’s Adoption of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: Making the Agenda a Reality International Political Science Review, 37 (3). pp. 350-361.

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International security institutions play a pivotal role in the realisation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda through their adoption and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This article examines NATO’s adoption of UNSCR 1325, drawing upon Cynthia Enloe’s conception of NATO as a ‘teaching machine’ disseminating lessons on gender. In doing so, it finds UNSCR 1325 has been understood to be of ‘added-value’ to the Alliance in two respects: first, to support NATO’s long-established agenda to increase the representation of women in NATO forces; second, as a tool to increase operational effectiveness. I find that NATO’s adoption of UNSCR 1325 emerged as part of a counter discourse. The fact that this counter discourse was put forward by partner states challenges dominant understandings of the direction of policy dissemination within NATO. This case provides salient lessons on the opportunities for – and hindrances to – change through the pursuit of a feminist agenda within an international security institution.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Politics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Date : 31 May 2016
DOI : 10.1177/0192512116638763
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords : NATO; UNSCR 1325; Women, Peace and Security; Femocrats; Gender; International organisations; Afghanistan
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Aug 2016 10:19
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:06

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