About Women, Peace, & Security Conferences
The 2011 U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) 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, U.S. Naval War College 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."
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 NAP on Women, Peace, and Security.
2018 Women, Peace, and Security Conference
U.S. Naval War College hosted its 6th annual Women, Peace and Security Conference in partnership with Brown University's A. Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, May 31 to June 1, at Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.See 2018 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 Past Conferences