The Future of Women, Peace, and Security at NATO

Authored by: Diana Morais, Samantha Turner, and Katharine A. M. Wright

Categories: Human Rights, The Field of Women, Peace and Security, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Peacemaking
Region: No Region
Year: 2022
Citation: Morais, Diana, Samantha Turner, and Katharine A. M. Wright. "The Future of Women, Peace, and Security at NATO." Transatlantic Policy Quarterly (TPQ). August 2022.

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Executive Summary

NATO’s approach to Women, Peace and Security (WPS) has developed significantly since it first adopted a policy on the topic in 2007. From a much problematized ‘add women and stir’ approach to improve operational effectiveness in Afghanistan, it has become a prominent feature of the alliance’s new Strategic Concept adopted at the Madrid Summit. Here NATO reiterated its commitment to integrate the WPS agenda across all tasks and ‘to continue to advance gender equality as a reflection of our values.’ WPS should therefore form a core part of NATO’s changing priorities, primarily in response to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. Yet where we might have expected to see NATO leadership commit to include WPS as part of their response, in particular the defense of ‘Western values,’ we have instead seen WPS marginalized by the Alliance despite stated policy commitments.