"Tackling Neoliberal Post-War Reconstruction Models: The Post-2015 Agenda for Women, Peace and Security Advocates" at the International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention

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Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 01:45 to 03:30
Location: 
International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD
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Dr. Claire Duncanson (University of Edinburgh) and Consortium Director Carol Cohn presented "Tackling Neoliberal Post-War Reconstruction Models: The Post-2015 Agenda for Women, Peace and Security Advocates" on the panel "Gender and Power After Violence" at the International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD, on February 22, 2017. 
 
Feminist critiques of the United Nation’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda have been many and varied – from concern about the narrowing of the agenda to a predominant focus on sexual violence to frustration at the slow process of implementation. However, a new strand of feminist criticism suggests that even if the WPS agenda were to be fully implemented, gender equitable peacebuilding would be unlikely to occur. This criticism focuses on the insight that even the best peace agreement can be (and often has been) radically undercut by the political economic processes of post-war reconstruction. This paper presents an overview of the argument that it is post-war reconstruction policies, such as extractive industry exploitation of fossil fuels and minerals, the selling-off of land for export agribusiness, and the privatization of state-owned enterprises and services – which are too often treated as strictly technical, apolitical matters – that will determine whether the potential for sustainable, inclusive, gender-equitable peace and security will be realized or jeopardized. It also makes the case for WPS advocates to place more emphasis on these economic strategies of post-conflict reconstruction; and sets out the elements of a feminist research agenda which would support such advocacy.
 

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