- What impact does gender difference make to political decision-making? - Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world? The role of gender has been increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations. This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender' the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for future study. To this end it uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the i

Promoting Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Gender Balance in Decisionmaking

Promoting Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Gender Balance in Decisionmaking

Promoting peace, security and conflict resolution: Gender balance in decisionmaking
Anuradha MitraChenoy and AchinVanaik

The Problem

Can there be a feminization of perspectives pertaining to matters of national security? What does this mean? Is it desirable? And if it is possible, how is it to be done? We would answer that there can and should be a feminization of national security perspectives. The proposition which we discuss here can be formulated as a question: will altering the gender balance in those decisionmaking structures concerned with peace, security and conflict resolution make a significant difference?

A Constraining Vision

A strong caveat is in order. The specific formulation is highly problematic and serves to constrain the very perspectives (feminizing national security goals ...

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