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The Future of Women, Peace and Security at NATO

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



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Transatlantic Policy Quarterly, 2022.

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In a ground-breaking move, Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) features prominently in NATO’s Strategic Concept for the first time, a powerful signal that it will form a central part of NATO’s changing priorities going forward. At the same time, there have been significant gendered silences in NATO and its allies’ response to the Russia-Ukraine War, undermining these policy aspirations. This is despite over a decade of significant investment in the WPS architecture across NATO’s political and military structures, including the creation of a high-level Special Representative on Women, Peace, and Security, reporting directly to the Secretary General and supporting a comprehensive WPS policy adopted in conjunction with NATO partners. Focus therefore needs to be given to what NATO can do to operationalize the WPS aspirations of the new Strategic Concept in practice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Morais D, Turner S, Wright KAM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transatlantic Policy Quarterly

Year: 2022

Volume: 21

Issue: 2

Pages: 103-111

Print publication date: 01/09/2022

Acceptance date: 01/09/2022

Date deposited: 05/09/2022

Publisher: Transatlantic Policy Quarterly


ePrints DOI: 10.57711/km8p-4e77