About Women, Peace, & Security Conferences
The 2011 U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security embodied and set forth the United States’ commitment to ensuring that women around the world play an equal role in promoting peace and achieving just and enduring security. Implementation of the NAP involved the application of five high-level objectives and 84 sub-objectives of which 17 are directly linked to Department of Defense (DoD) responsibilities.
In 2012, the USNWC hosted the first Women, Peace, and Security Conference. This conference brought together, for the first time in a U.S. war college setting, panelists who represented an extensive set of viewpoints and experiences from the military, non-profit, bureaucratic, academic, national, and international realms.
The conferences continue to grow in perspective and scope to include ideas from each military service and every global continent and is the only U.S. military academic program specifically related to the topic.
Speakers and panelists represent an extensive set of viewpoints from the armed services, as well as non-profit, government and academic organizations essential to attaining the goal of "empowering half the world’s population in conflict prevention and peace-building."
2018 Women, Peace, and Security Conference Announcement Click to Open
2018 Women, Peace, and Security: Promoting Global Leadership
United States Naval War College in conjunction with Brown University would like to announce the 2018 conference call for papers for ‘2018 Women Peace and Security: Promoting Global Leadership’ to be held on May 31 June 1 2018 at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island.
Topics for submission are open but should reflect a tie to current events or historical commentary within the context of the four pillars of UN Resolution 1325 participation, conflict, prevention, protection and relief and recovery. An attempt should be made to incorporate the topic of leadership at some point in the ideas presented.
Papers will only be accepted in word format, 12 point, double spaced, Times New Roman font. No PDFs, or formats not meeting this requirement will be accepted. Word count should not exceed 5000 words. Visuals are acceptable. Acceptance of a paper DOES NOT MEAN participation as a panelist. All papers chosen will appear in the yearly call for papers online, submissions should be forwarded to Mary.email@example.com.
The purpose of the conferences continues to be to hold discussions and exchange ideas, philosophies, and practical experience about a variety of subjects related to the 2011 National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP).
2017 Women, Peace, and Security Conference
2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee, who led a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, was the featured speaker at U.S. Naval War College’s Woman, Peace and Security Conference in August of 2017.
During Gbowee’s presentation “Women, Peace and Security: A Necessity for Global Peace” she spoke about the role of women in the struggle for peace in her home continent. During the evening lecture open to all students, faculty and staff at the school, Gbowee shared some of her experiences in Liberia.
The two-day event brought together leaders from academia, military and non-governmental organizations to discuss the links between the security of women and the security of states.See 2017 Conference
Past Women, Peace, and Security Conference
Past conferences have featured discussions related to the implementation and sustainment of the 2011 NAP on Women, Peace, and Security. Discussions have all been based on the National Action Plan’s five guiding principles and the conferences have hosted guests including: AMB (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, Provost, U.S. Naval War College, Dr. Valerie Hudson, George Bush Chair Bush School Texas A&M University, and Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Navy, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.See All Conferences