Policy Papers - September 24, 2013
Women in Conflict Mediation: Why It Matters
Marie O’Reilly and Andrea Ó Súilleabháin
This issue brief examines the current state of women’s involvement in formal peace processes, focusing on the role of lead mediators. While traditional approaches to international conflict mediation are falling short in the face of 21st-century violence, one possible source of fresh perspectives and alternative approaches remains largely untapped: women.
Through an analysis of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the brief sets out the UN’s commitments to promoting women’s participation and evaluates its progress. It then explores why women’s voices matter in peace processes and how lead mediators can reinforce women’s agency in building sustainable peace.The authors highlight the different effects that women’s participation can have on peace talks and the obstacles they face, drawing on examples from the Central African Republic, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, and the Great Lakes region of Africa. They conclude that the chief mediator is in a unique position to implement the promises of Resolution 1325, and that women’s participation has an impact not only on the peace process but also on its outcome and on the durability of peace.
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February 19, 2014
Gary Bass: Forgotten Genocide May Portend Future Stain on UN Inaction
The inability of the United Nations Security Council to halt mass atrocities in East Pakistan some 40 years ago has parallels to current inaction in North Korea, argued Gary Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, on February 19th.
February 18, 2014
Jok: Near Collapse in South Sudan Is Shocking but Not Surprising
The events that recently brought South Sudan to a near collapse were “extremely shocking, but they were not surprising by any means,” said Jok Madut Jok, Executive Director of The Sudd Institute, at the International Peace Institute on February 18. “It was only a matter of time before the country returned to this kind of situation,” he added.