August 2011 Inclusive Security Newsletter

In this issue: Israel & Palestine, Pakistan, Sudan, training opportunities, and more.


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I. Recent Activities

Confronting Pakistani Extremism After bin Laden
In the shadow of Osama bin Laden's discovery and death in Pakistan, The Institute for Inclusive Security traveled to Islamabad in July to reconvene the Pakistan Women’s Coalition Against Extremism (PWCAE) in collaboration with local partner PAIMAN Alumni Trust. A two-day meeting brought together members from Islamabad and the provinces of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Punjab, and Sindh to reconnect the women, strengthen their cohesiveness as a group, and further develop their collective vision for increasing women’s influence on Pakistan’s policy discourse related to extremism.

Women from North and South Sudan Cooperate in the Wake of Separation
As long-anticipated separation of Sudan into two new countries became reality, Inclusive Security supported four members of the Coalition of Sudanese Women Leaders to attend a graduate-level peacebuilding course in the United States.

Continuing to Build Coalitions of Women Leaders in Israel and Palestine
Inclusive Security continued its collaboration with Israeli and Palestinian government and civil society leaders to facilitate further planning for advocacy to increase the influence of women on matters of peace and security. Additionally, a two-day training for 15 younger Palestinian women focused on the next generation of women leaders building advocacy skills.

II. Training

The N-PEACE network is accepting applications for a Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) program in Bangkok, Thailand from November 14 - November 21, 2011. The ToT will be carried out by the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific Regional Centre and The Institute for Inclusive Security, as collaborators of the N-PEACE network. The cutting-edge program will expose participants to Inclusive Security: A Curriculum for Women Waging Peace, a unique teaching tool with eight highly interactive modules that contain training plans, activity guides, PowerPoint presentations with lecture notes, videos, and role-playing exercises that simulate real-world peace processes. The curriculum covers key topics in the field of women, peace, and security, and is structured to foster strong coalitions, enhance problem solving, bolster confidence, and most significantly, result in a concrete agenda for advancing women’s leadership in peace and security.

III. New Inclusive Security Publications

The US National Defense University has released the book Monopoly of Force: The Nexus of DDR and SSR, which contains a chapter written by Inclusive Security Director Jacqueline O’Neill and former Inclusive Security intern Jarad Vary. The piece argues that disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, as well as security sector reform, are fundamentally strengthened when women are engaged. It emphasizes the need for women’s leadership during the negotiation of peace agreements through reintegration of former combatants and rebuilding of security institutions.

IV. Inclusive Security in the News

The Christian Science Monitor published Jacqueline O’Neill’s op-ed titled “What North and South Sudan need now: more women at the negotiating table” on July 18.

GlobalPost published Inclusive Security Chair Ambassador Swanee Hunt’s op-ed titled “Learning compassion from Srebrenica survivors” on July 22.

V. Upcoming Events

September 8, 2011 (Washington, DC) Inclusive Security Chief Executive Officer Evelyn Thornton speaks on a panel at the international “From Conflict to Peace: Innovative Approaches to Peacebuilding” conference co-hosted by the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University.

September 20, 2011 Ambassador Swanee Hunt releases her book Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security, which articulates six lessons for a grounded foreign policy. The book reveals the physical, intellectual, and emotional gulf that existed between those suffering through the war in Bosnia and those with the power to end it.

December 5, 2011 (near Bonn, Germany) - tentative Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan

VI. Select News from the Women Waging Peace Network
Click to read the expanded August 2011 update on the Network member...

Hasina Safi was mentioned in an August 9 USA TODAY article about the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Institute for Inclusive Security joins peacebuilders around the world in mourning the recent death of Dekha Ibrahim Abdi from injuries sustained in a car accident in Kenya. Read the tribute from Peace Direct.

Network member Chhaya Sharma hopes to partner with Inclusive Security to bring training to various organizations in Nepal to reduce conflict between the government and the business sector there.

Network members Shobha Gautam (Nepal) and Visaka Dharmadasa (Sri Lanka) were both nominated for the N-Peace Award, which is awarded based on online votes from the public.

Click to read the expanded August 2011 update on the Network member...

About The Institute for Inclusive Security
The Institute for Inclusive Security uses research, training, and advocacy to promote the inclusion of all stakeholders, particularly women, in peace processes. We work with a global network of well over 1,000 women leaders from more than 40 conflict regions. Our research gives policymakers new strategies to drive inclusion by examining tangible contributions of women peacebuilders. Our training provides leaders the specialized skills and knowledge to direct local, national, and international peacebuilding. Our advocacy to high-level policymakers promotes change that makes peace processes more broad-based, and thus sustainable.

The Institute for Inclusive Security
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