This book offers an accessible overview of the multiple, interdependent issues related to the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) global agenda.

The first introductory overview of the WPS agenda as articulated in multiple national and international resolutions, statements, and initiatives, the book provides a link between the general public and security practitioners to an important but still largely unknown set of global objectives regarding gender equality and long-term peace and stability. Within the context of the changing nature of warfare, and through consideration of empirical evidence, the volume examines the definitions, theoretical underpinnings and methodological challenges associated with WPS. It then discusses with more specificity violence against women, women civilians in war, the role of women in peacemaking, women in the military and in development, and women politicians. The book concludes with a look to the future and number of action items from the macro to the micro level. While challenges and opportunities related to the WPS agenda are global, US policy action and inaction related to WPS and gender equality are provided as examples of what politically needs to be done, has been done, and obstacles to WPS furtherance potentially to be encountered by all countries.

This book will be of much interest to students of peace studies, security studies, gender studies and IR.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 1|27 pages

A place at the table

chapter 2|26 pages

Power and patriarchies

chapter 3|30 pages

Prejudice and discrimination

chapter 4|28 pages

Violence against women

chapter 5|19 pages

Women civilians in war

chapter 6|24 pages

Women in peacemaking, and after

chapter 7|27 pages

Women in the military

chapter 8|22 pages

Women and development

chapter 9|21 pages

Women political leaders

chapter 10|19 pages

What kind of world?