The International Consortium is a network of research centers, universities and knowledge hubs from around the world that focus on women, peace and security, and was established by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in 2013. The Institute connects Consortium partners to each other and to other stakeholders with the goals of facilitating the exchange of ideas and fostering collaborations that can ultimately improve understanding, policymaking and practice. At the same time, the International Consortium helps to grow the Institute's online research repository, which is a unique, state-of-the-art tool for students, scholars, policymakers and practitioners.
Bridging Theory and Practice
One of the Institute’s signature initiatives, linked to the International Consortium, is the Bridging Theory and Practice Series. As a policy- and practice-oriented Institute, we facilitate in-depth conversations and collaboration between “thinkers” and “doers” who are working on issues related to women, peace and security.
As part of Bridging Theory and Practice, the Institute convenes top experts, researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to discuss timely global issues with major implications for the women, peace and security agenda. Following an annual symposium in 2013 and 2014, the Institute launched a thematic workshop and roundtable series in 2015 to focus on key issues, in accordance with the Institute's research priorities and the implementation of UNSCR 1325, from peace operations to transitional justice. Each convening in the series will result in a publication or resource that can inform policy and practice, highlight new thinking or important trends, identify challenges and map solutions. For example, the June 2015 thematic workshop and roundtable on gender and military operations will culminate in a new book to be edited by Dr. Robert Egnell, with chapters contributed by authors from around the world who participated in the series.
Past participants in the annual 2013 and 2014 Bridging Theory and Practice Symposium include representatives of The University of Cambridge, The University of Minnesota Law School, National University of Ireland - Galway, New York University, University Ohio - Dayton, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lady Shri Ram College in India, UN Women, National Defense University, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, NATO, University of Ulster, Duke University, US Department of State, Naval War College, Physicians for Human Rights, and many others.