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Where is Women, Peace and Security? NATO's Response to the Russia-Ukraine War

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



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Bristol University Press, 2022.

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has challenged the accepted international order, and resulted in the first-ever deployment of the NATO Response Force under the remit of collective defence. It has also raised questions about the future relevance of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda encapsulated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the follow-up resolutions. Primarily, if WPS is not invoked now given the highly gendered nature of the war, including the use of conflict related sexual and gender-based violence (CRSGBV) by Russia, then when is it relevant? And have limited militarised understandings of WPS as promoted by NATO, including in Ukraine, contributed to the apparent redundancy of WPS in response to the ongoing war? WPS calls for the better representation of women in peace and security, including at the negotiating table, and for an acknowledgement of the gendered impact of armed conflict (including on women, and men, but also relevant here is the impact on LGBTQ communities). It is therefore highly applicable to both understanding and responding to the current conflict, yet the agenda, its principles and aspirations have been noticeable by their absence from NATO and the West’s response to the war despite numerous policy commitments by NATO, its members and partners.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wright KAM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Politics and Gender

Year: 2022

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Pages: 275-277

Online publication date: 05/05/2022

Acceptance date: 14/04/2022

Date deposited: 14/04/2022

ISSN (print): 2515-1088

ISSN (electronic): 2515-1096

Publisher: Bristol University Press


DOI: 10.1332/251510821X16499363293389

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/6n7z-xk31


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