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Challenging Civil Society Perceptions of NATO: Engaging the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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



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Engagement with the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda by military actors has caused concern among some of its civil society advocates. For example, NATO has adopted the WPS agenda as an increasingly visible part of its self-narrative. Yet what had distinguished NATO’s engagement with WPS from many other actors is that it came without civil society involvement. The establishment of a Civil Society Advisory Panel (CSAP) on WPS in 2014 is therefore highly significant for both NATO and the WPS agenda. Despite this, the efficacy of such consultation is not clear cut, nor its potential to mitigate militarised understandings of WPS and support transformative engagement with the agenda, particularly given the wariness of some civil society to engage with NATO. Drawing on interviews with civil society, this article interrogates their perceptions of NATO in order to understand the potential of such engagements to support transformative understandings of WPS and more broadly the efficacy of civil society engagement with military institutions. In so doing it examines how such consultation adds to our understanding of NATO an institution of international hegemonic masculinity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wright KAM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cooperation and Conflict

Year: 2023

Volume: 58

Issue: 1

Pages: 61-80

Print publication date: 01/03/2023

Online publication date: 18/02/2022

Acceptance date: 11/02/2022

Date deposited: 11/02/2022

ISSN (print): 0010-8367

ISSN (electronic): 1460-3691

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/00108367221084561


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