NATO’s About Face: Gender Mainstreaming in an Alliance

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
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Following UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, many international organizations adopted policies to include more women and encourage more gender-based analysis in policy and operational planning. Existing scholarship has identified resistance to such change, especially in military organizations, but has not examined the practical impacts of the gender turn. This talk uses a rationalist framework to explain why, contrary to expectations, the military has been driving gender reforms at NATO. It examines the mechanisms through which NATO has adapted to incorporate gender perspectives into planning and missions.