“Men as Enablers and Mentors in Women’s Roles in Peace and Security”

By |2021-03-25T13:25:05-10:00March 27th, 2021|

An Interview with Dr. Dave Smith, Ms. Sharon Feist, Ms. Monica Herrera & Dr. Delaina Sawyers Interviewed by Dr. Saira Yamin and Professor Al Shimkus * Transcript prepared with assistance from Ms. Kamaile Patton, DKI APCSS Intern The full video podcast interview is available at this link. As Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College, Dr. Dave Smith has focused his current and former research on gender in the workplace, co-authoring Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and his forthcoming book Good Guys: How Men Can [...]

Strategic Competition, Cooperation, and Accommodation: Perspectives from the Indian Ocean Region

By |2021-03-23T08:15:53-10:00March 23rd, 2021|

By Saira Yamin, Daniel Cedillo, Nicholas Sikes, Srini Sitaraman, Keith Wilkins* Introduction This article draws on conversations facilitated at the virtual Indian Ocean Region Workshop convened by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, in partnership with its sister security studies center, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) in Washington D.C.  The workshop occurred over three consecutive days from Dec. 7 – 9, 2020.[1] Over 90 participants from 14 nations participated in the deliberations focusing on two key objectives: (i) Define the diverse perspectives on strategic competition and its [...]

UNSCR 1325 on Women and Peace and Security: Assessment and Recommendations

By |2021-02-12T14:18:59-10:00February 12th, 2021|

Interviewed by Dr. Saira Yamin[*] Keynote Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury Initiator of the precursor decision leading to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security as the Security Council President in March 2000 Transcript prepared by Ms. Kamaile Patton, DKI APCSS Intern The full video podcast interview is available at this link.  Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations (2002-2007) and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN (1996-2001), Ambassador Chowdhury has been an internationally recognized champion of women's equality and empowerment for many decades. As the President of the Security Council in March 2000, [...]

Building Peace and Security: A Woman Trailblazer in Pakistan

By |2020-10-22T13:46:22-10:00October 22nd, 2020|

An Interview with Ms. Ammara Aamer Khattak,  Additional Director, Pakistan Civil Services Academy, Lahore In this interview, Dr. Saira Yamin speaks to Ms. Ammara Khattak, a distinguished alumna of DKI APCSS who attended the Comprehensive Crisis Management course (CCM 15-1). Ms. Khattak is a senior Pakistan civil servant who has broken the glass ceiling many times. She is the first woman to have served in the prestigious position of Deputy Commissioner in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as the Director Relief and Operations managing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) at Jalozai camp - the largest and oldest refugee camp in Pakistan [...]

Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh: Preventing Violent Extremism and Building Peace

By |2020-10-14T14:16:48-10:00October 14th, 2020|

An Interview with Dr. Lailufar Yasmin, Professor, Department of International Relations University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Transcript prepared by Ms. Kamaile Patton. Click here for a video of the interview. In this interview, Dr. Lailufar Yasmin, a distinguished alumna of the DKI APCSS Advanced Security Cooperation course (ASC 19-2), talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about Bangladesh's initiatives to empower women, particularly in countering violent extremism as a critical objective of its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security (2019).  She shares her insights on the NAP formulation process as it seeks to build peace through preventative strategies.  Key players [...]

Strategic Competition: Why Pakistan Matters

By |2020-07-15T10:42:36-10:00July 15th, 2020|

This paper emphasizes the importance of the U.S. maintaining a strong relationship with Pakistan as strategic competition with China intensifies. Excerpt: It is worth noting that Pakistan remains vitally important to U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific, not least because of its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China who regards it as an “element of its strategic competition with the United States and India.” The current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations is symptomatic of an increasing ambiguity that is counterproductive to advancing U.S. interests. To state the obvious, the more the U.S distances itself from Pakistan, a country not very long ago [...]

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