OPINIONS

October 6, 2019

WIIS Brussels, WIIS-DC, WIIS France, and WIIS UK invite members of all WIIS chapters to submit an application to attend programming along the sidelines of the December 2019 NATO Leaders meeting in London!
 
Applicants chosen by the selection committee will participate in events on December 3rd and 4th, sponsored by the NATO Engages Consortium, and meeting...

September 1, 2019

Vacancy for the position of President of Women in International Security, Brussels (WIIS)

The WIIS Brussels Steering Committee is searching for an experienced and established professional in the field of international peace and security to act as its President for the next 3 years. The ideal candidate is a motivator with collaborative leadership skills; a...

Increasing the number of women working and leading in the sphere of security is a losing strategy. This was my personal reflection as I saw the developments in the past decade dedicated to women and security. I witnessed the significant efforts within international organizations, following the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 132...

September 10, 2018

Reflections on gender diversity at NATO Engages: the Brussels Summit Dialogue

Unconscious bias, all-male panels and token women: we all know there is no excuse for a lack of gender diversity in conferences.

Female experts exist, and for those having a hard time finding us, rest assured there now are plenty of websites with reading materials, toolkits and da...

July 9, 2018

On July 11-12, heads of state and government, military leaders, and senior officials gather at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels. In partnership with NATO, the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund (GMF), and the Munich Security Conference (MSC), we – Women In International Security (WIIS) Brussels are organizing the official high-profile outreach eve...

June 26, 2018

If you had the chance to speak to NATO’s leading politicians and experts about security, what would you say? In an effort to diversify contributions to the security debate, WIIS Brussels is giving you a unique opportunity to join the debate and share your ideas with the world!


On July 11-12, heads-of-state and government, military leaders, and senior offi...

NATO is currently moving into its new, modern headquarters in Brussels. Allied chiefs of defense had their first inaugural meeting on May 16 in the new place to review key military deliverables ahead of the Defense Ministerial in June and the Summit in July. Discussions focused, among other things, on deterrence and modernization. But one form of moderniz...

The decision of US President Donald Trump to ban transgender people from serving in the US military in the summer of 2017 prompted a debate about inclusivity of the military, not only in the US but also all over Europe.

While it became clear in the aftermath of the decision that the President would not be able to implement what he called for ‒ the ban is c...

February 8, 2018

Abstract

Promoting women’s participation in CSDP missions and operations is important to sustain EU’s credibility, to improve effectiveness, to promote equality at home and abroad, to increase the talent pool for personnel, and to make the best use of our financial resources. More needs to be done by both member states and the EU to fulfil promises to impl...

Executive Summary

Security and defence cooperation in the EU is being upgraded, and therefore the importance of the civilian missions and military operations launched in the framework of the Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is likely to increase. This article argues that much can be gained by improving the gender balance in CSDP missions a...

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