Women, Peace and Security Forum

A space for critical engagement with the latest research on gender, peace and security.

 

The WPS Forum is a space on the LSE WPS Blog to host a dialogue around a particular topic, theme or publication. These pieces will work in conversation, rather than being standalone commentaries, providing discussion and dialogue centred around particular publications – a new book, a collection of conference papers and/or panels, events, a journal article, for example.

The Forum will bridge the gap between individualistic blog pieces and longer writings. It will be a space for critical conversations that provide the reader with more in-depth analysis and different viewpoints on key themes and issue areas, aimed at advancing conversations in academic and practitioner spaces. The format of each forum may vary depending on the subject of the conversation. Responses and contributions from leading scholars, activists and practitioners will be sought on particular topics, and forum proposals will also be accepted and reviewed.

It is envisioned that the WPS Forum will host 2-3 forums in a calendar year. If you would like to propose a forum on a new piece of research and/or publication please email Nicky Armstrong and Dr Sarah Smith: n.armstrong@lse.ac.uks.j.smith1@lse.ac.uk.


New Directions in Women, Peace and Security

Twenty years on from the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020), edited by Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby, and Laura J. Shepherd, brings together critical thinking on the progress of, and new challenges for, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda as a global framework for advancing gender equality and feminist engagement with peace and security.

This forum brings contributors from New Directions into conversation with each other as well as opening space for critical engagement with the text; where it is situated in the current landscape of WPS literature; and the implementation and impact of the WPS agenda more broadly. On this final point the forum draws out the intersecting structures of power, oppression and resistance integral to examining WPS and that are woven throughout the chapters of New Directions.

This collection also launches the ‘LSE WPS forum’, what we hope will be a space to continue the work of advancing critical conversations surrounding gender, peace and security, broadly understood, in terms of policy development, activism and advocacy.