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April 11, 2007
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
In the fourth year of the US war in Iraq, it seems crucial to explore again what it is that feminist attentiveness and investigation can bring to a more realistic assessment of war-waging and alleged reconstruction. Cynthia Enloe examines the question of whether the US war in Iraq has any wider implications for feminists thinking about war-waging, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Although new concepts of security and new approaches to peacebuilding have created new opportunities to strengthen women’s security, their translation into policy and practice is not clear. Jennifer Klot’s remarks explore how new international arrangements for peacebuilding interpret and respond to women’s security as a part of their greatly expanded mandates encompassing political, military, development, humanitarian and human rights objectives. She also looks at the “reinvention” of global politics in the form of peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery and assesses the extent to which these tools are shaped by both the political and security dicta of bilateral donors and the multilateral processes through which they are negotiated.
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