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Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Feminist Interventions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katharine A. M. WrightORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2021.

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In this chapter, we examine the contributions of feminist scholarship and activism to the discourses and practices of foreign policy and diplomacy. From the changes in the make of foreign policy actors to include more women, to the implications of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the nascent adoption of Feminist Foreign Policy by some countries, we show how feminism has been fundamental to the evolution international politics’ search for peace. We nevertheless highlight persistent blind spots and unintended consequences of the ‘feminist’ turn in foreign policy and diplomatic practice highlighting their challenges to credible ethical practices of states. As we argue, states located in the Global North are more predisposed to branding their foreign policy as ‘feminist’. The implementation of feminist foreign policy for the distant other obscures domestic realities, while reinforcing colonial logics. We conclude that while this feminist turn has given more space for feminist interventions, the adoption of an ethical code is crucial when tackling tensions and contradictions between idealism and pragmatism in feminist foreign policy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ansorg N, Haastrup T, Wright KAM

Editor(s): Väyrynen, T; Parashar, S; Féron, E; Confortini, C

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research

Year: 2021

Print publication date: 12/03/2021

Acceptance date: 29/12/2019

Edition: 1st

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London, UK


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783067109844