A quiet revolution for women in US foreign and security policy?

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

June 22, 2020

A quiet revolution for women in US foreign and security policy?


The Departments of Defense, State, USAID and Homeland Security recently launched plans regarding women in U.S. foreign and security policy. The joint rollout unveiled the Trump administration’s roadmap for changing the way America and its allies and partners integrate women and their concerns into foreign aid, diplomacy and military operations.

The long-awaited plans flesh out the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, established at the United Nations Security Council 20 years ago, enacted into law in 2017, and enshrined as a national security strategy last year. Their purpose is to get more women to the table in peace processes to avert and reconcile conflict, fairly distribute aid to women in post-conflict settings, and protect women and girls in wars and disasters.   

The National Security Council (NSC) did an outstanding job adjudicating the plans, to be in accord with hard security imperatives. The achievement proves the wisdom of the agenda’s goal of retaining women leaders in foreign and security institutions. The Trump administration has the highest proportion of women senior leaders in the National Security Council of any in history.

Click here to read the full article published by The Hill on 22 June 2020.

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