OPINIONS

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...

December 18, 2017

The fall of the expert

In early June 2016, the liberal thinking establishment was shocked to hear British Conservative Brexiteer Michael Gove claim on Sky TV that “people in this country have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms, saying they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong.” Today, that statement seems even bland. The...

The surge of rightwing nationalist parties throughout Europe has led to an increase in sexist, demeaning remarks as well as attempts to repeal crucial legislation affecting women’s rights, warn representatives of the Brussels Binder.

Take the offensive comment by Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke who finds it acceptable that women earn less because they “have...

October 6, 2017

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dr. Sylke Tempel. As President of WIIS Germany and editor in chief of Internationale Politik and the Berlin Policy Journal she was a prominent voice in the international debate on foreign affairs and security.

In Sylke we have lost a WIIS woman, razor sharp mind and champion of women in all stages of their caree...

July 24, 2017

 As Russia builds up its maritime capabilities in the North Atlantic, NATO should take concrete and visible steps to enhance its presence in the area.

NATO’s political intent in the North Atlantic was clearly spelled out in the communiqué of the alliance’s July 2016 summit in Warsaw: “In the North Atlantic, as elsewhere, the Alliance will be ready to deter...

July 13, 2017

Security and defence have climbed up the political agenda: Europeans are increasingly aware of the need to strengthen their own defence while the nature of threats is rapidly changing. The security and defence debate is incomplete, however, if policy makers and societies do not reflect on the kind of armed forces they want and need to deal with non-conven...

June 18, 2017

Rose Gottemoeller is a regular feature these days on the speaking circuit of Brussels events where she tirelessly speaks on the needs and future of NATO. For a change – a welcome one she said – she spoke to Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels recently about her career. The willingness to take risks, the opportunity to work in different sectors...

June 3, 2017

"Breaking the parameters of limitations against women, Hörst’s weapons of choice include an impressive array of leadership roles, turning the chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS) in Brussels from an informal network into a registered non-governmental entity under Belgian law, creating her own women's network in the think tank community, and c...

Perhaps unknown to many, gender equality is embedded in the history of the EU from the very start as a founding value and policy, enshrined in the constitutive treaty of the European Economic Community. Article 119 of the 1957 Treaty of Rome established the principle of equal pay for equal work for both women and men. Although the aim of the article, at t...

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