Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Overview
How CISA’s curriculum addresses WPS
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) initiative is an important element to professional military education and CISA strives to integrate a gendered perspective into its curriculum. In 2022, CISA’s curriculum review team identified the need for a closer appreciation of WPS global principles and the U.S. WPS Strategy throughout CISA curriculum. Among other initiatives, CISA’s new Curriculum Action Group will incorporate a gender analysis of course syllabi: for example, recommending inclusion of women authors or case studies involving women in conflict prevention.
In May 2022, CISA Associate Dean of Academics Dr. Matthew Dearing chaired the annual WPS essay competition at NDU. The essay contest sought student submissions that reflected research with a gendered understanding, perspective and/or approach to advance peace, national security, economic and social development, and/or international cooperation. The committee received ten essay submissions. The 2022 winner was COL. Jacqueline Stingl (Eisenhower College), "In the national security equation: excluding women from the draft does not add up." The other finalists were: Julie Szegda (CISA), "Extreme women: the case of female recruits to the Islamic State," Lt Col. Ann-Kristine Thrift (JAWS), "Achieving the promise of diversity on joint planning outcomes," and Lt Col. Jaina Donberg (NWC), "Full potential of the alliance: a US strategy promoting Japanese gender equality." The essays were catalogued at the NDU Library.
CISA contributed to a variety of scholarship on WPS. For example, in March 2022, Dr. Spencer Meredith presented on Female Civil Affairs Soldiers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst WPS conference. During the 2022 academic year, two CISA students focused their research on gender-related topics: one of the College’s Homeland Defense Fellows wrote a paper on Sex Trafficking in the Arusha Region in Tanzania and the negative effects climate change has on that issue, and a Regional Defense Fellowship Program student wrote an irregular warfare strategy to counter Islamic State recruitment of women and girls from refugee camps. Finally, in recognition of Women’s Equality Month, CISA hosted a virtual talk with Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, titled "The Women, Peace & Security Imperative for Security Practitioners.” Dr. Johnson-Freese is a Professor Emeritus, National Security Affairs, Naval War College and expert in Women, Peace, and Security. View the recording of the talk below: