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NEWPORT, R.I. (March 29, 2012) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Aniela Szymanski, from 4th Civil Affairs Group, addresses a question about how to include women in various peace processes during the Women, Peace and Security Conference at the U.S. Naval War College. The purpose of the conference was to hold discussions and share ideas, philosophies, and practical experience relating to the Dec. 19, 2011 National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich/Released)
NEWPORT, R.I. (March 29, 2012) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Aniela Szymanski, from 4th Civil Affairs Group, addresses a question about how to include women in various peace processes during the Women, Peace and Security Conference at the U.S. Naval War College. The purpose of the conference was to hold discussions and share ideas, philosophies, and practical experience relating to the Dec. 19, 2011 National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich/Released)


By Daniel S. Marciniak, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Aug. 13, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is issuing a 'call for papers' in preparation for its third annual Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Conference Series held at the NWC in Newport, Rhode Island, April 16-17, 2015.

In an effort to gather theoretical and practical ideas from a wider audience not normally represented in a limited conference format, the conference series chair is soliciting papers from academics, researchers, military personnel, non-governmental organizations and individuals who have an interest or experience in issues pertaining to WPS.

"Conferences have limited room for participants," said Mary Raum, NWC professor and chair of the WPS Conference Series. "To have available, online and in the networked world, some quality thoughts on components of WPS from thinkers and practitioners who have a direct tie to the subjects being discussed, is an invaluable resource.

"This call for papers will allow for a broader reach in exchanging ideas and enable us to network on a global scale - a first step for formalizing the sharing of ideas allied with conference precepts."

Since the inception of the U.S. National Action Plan on WPS in 2011, the NWC has been at the forefront of exploration into national and international issues involving WPS, working towards the goal of empowering women in conflict prevention and peace.

In support of the conference theme, "Constructive Pathways: Stimulating and Safeguarding Components of Women, Peace, and Security," interested parties can contribute to this goal by submitting a paper on one of the following subjects:

- Department of Defense operational aspects of WPS.
- How different types of conflict impact minority populations.
- Regional viewpoints of modern conflict zones.
- Efforts in soft and hard power.
- Media, arts, information and communication networks.
- Law, politics and governance.
- Quantitative studies.

Selected papers will be published on the NWC website and accessible to U.S. Navy personnel fleet wide.

"Being a contributor to this call for papers will allow for an additional avenue of exchange between theorists and practitioners in academia, military and non-governmental organizations," said Raum. "These ideas are important for better operationalizing WPS components in the most meaningful way possible."

Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2014.

Submission guidelines can be found at https://usnwc.edu/wps2015-callforpapers.