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NATO, Gender and the Military: Women Organising from Within

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As NATO marks its 70th anniversary, this book provides the first comprehensive account of NATO’s long-established engagement with gender issues. To do so, it foregrounds the work of the Committee on Women in NATO Forces, later renamed the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives. It draws on newly declassified NATO documents, including correspondence and meeting minutes dating back to the foundation of the Committee in 1961. These bring to the fore the stories of the NATO women and ‘gendermen’ who have organised within NATO across the decades to advocate on gender issues. This shines a light on the continued challenges to pursuing transformative agendas within resistant institutions. The book argues that NATO is an institution of international hegemomic masculinity, with gender norms and values learnt by member and partner states through socialisation and the engagement of a masculinist protection logic. The book therefore provides an important context to NATO’s more recent engagement with the Women, Peace and Security agenda encapsulated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the seven follow-up Resolutions. It interrogates how Women, Peace and Security has mapped onto NATO’s pre-existing concerns as a global security actor, providing impetus for further critical knowledge building of NATO which centers gender.

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Author(s): Wright KAM, Hurley M, Gil Ruiz JI

Series Editor(s): Sjoberg L; Gentry CE

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Routledge Studies in Gender and Security

Year: 2019

Number of Pages: 186

Print publication date: 03/05/2019

Acceptance date: 03/01/2019

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London, UK


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ISBN: 9781138593336