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Program on Women, Peace, and Security



Woman, Peace, and Security logoWoman, Peace, and Security logoThe Program on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) was established in November 2015 within the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, with Professor Valerie M. Hudson serving as its first director. Its purpose is to provide a WPS node in the heartland of the United States, and its mission is three-fold: teaching, research, and outreach. The Program’s inaugural funding is provided by the Compton Foundation; and its research arm, The WomanStats Project, is currently funded by the US Department of Defense.



Education

The concentration in WPS in the Department of International Affairs allows Bush School students and other interested TAMU graduate students to take courses and develop an emphasis in gender analysis as it relates to international affairs. The foundations course is Women and Nations, INTA 645, and this is supplemented by offerings from visiting instructors as well as a capstone research course in WPS. Students may also enroll in graduate courses on gender analysis in other departments at Texas A&M to complete the concentration.


Research

The WomanStats Project is the research arm of the WPS Program, and a very active arm it is (http://womanstats.org). Currently funded through the Minerva Initiative of the US Department of Defense, the linkages among marriage patterns, marriage market obstruction, and national security are being investigated. This specific project is part of a larger research agenda investigating the relationship between the security, situation, and status of women and the security of the states in which they live. The WomanStats Database is a key go-to source for information, with data on over 350 variables for 176 countries (all those with a population of at least 200,000). Reference Reviews says about the database, “If I could only introduce gender and women’s studies students to one international source, this would be it.” Researchers on the Project include outstanding scholars from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Turkey, and Colombia who are publishing in the top academic journals and presses in their fields.


Outreach

The WPS Program also seeks to influence public debate and policy decision making. Program researchers regularly contribute to policy journals such as Foreign Policy, Politico, World Politics Review, and others. In addition, the Program seeks to hold one public event every year; in 2015, a major conference brought together activists such as Gloria Steinem, policymakers such as Michele Flournoy, and academics such as Anne-Marie Goetz. In 2016, the public event will be a conversation with Texas policymakers, academics, and nonprofits. In addition, Program researchers have served as consultants to the United Nations, the US intelligence community, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Relations Committee, and other policymaking bodies.

Past Events

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Dean Mark Welsh's Opening Remarks
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Dean Mark Welsh's Opening Remarks

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Sahar Aziz on Migration Waves and Women
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Sahar Aziz on Migration Waves and Women

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Valerie Hudson on Why Women, Peace, and Security Matters
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Valerie Hudson on Why Women, Peace, and Security Matters

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Representative Bill Flores
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Representative Bill Flores

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Secretary Deborah James on Combat Integration
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Secretary Deborah James on Combat Integration

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: LTC Christine Rice on Integration in the US Military
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
LTC Christine Rice on Integration in the US Military

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Natalie Gonnella Platts
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Natalie Gonnella Platts

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Ellen Haring on Integration in the US Military
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Ellen Haring on Integration in the US Military

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Beverly Hill on Foreign Policy and Gendercide
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Beverly Hill on Foreign Policy and Gendercide

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Deborah Cavin on the National Action Plan
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Deborah Cavin on the National Action Plan

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Brigadier General Joseph Ramirez on Integration of the Corp
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Brigadier General Joseph Ramirez on Integration of the Corp

Women, Peace, and Security Symposium: Brainstorming
November 18, 2016
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Symposium provides a timely opportunity to address the challenges and opportunities of the WPS agenda by discussing them in a bi-partisan environment, developing connections between Texas, regional, and national stakeholders. This symposium was held on November 18, 2016, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Brainstorming

Women in Foreign Policy Conference, part 1
September 11, 2015
On September 11, 2015, the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the Women in Foreign Policy conference, entitled, "National Security and Women's Insecurity: Why Women Matter in Foreign Policy." This video features dinner remarks from September 10, 2015, from Alissa J. Rubin of the New York Times.
View the Women in Foreign Policy talk, part one

Women in Foreign Policy Conference, part 2
September 11, 2015
On September 11, 2015, the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the Women in Foreign Policy conference, entitled, "National Security and Women's Insecurity: Why Women Matter in Foreign Policy." View the Women in Foreign Policy talk, part two

Women in Foreign Policy Conference, part 3
September 11, 2015
On September 11, 2015, the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the Women in Foreign Policy conference, entitled, "National Security and Women's Insecurity: Why Women Matter in Foreign Policy."
View the Women in Foreign Policy talk, part three

Women in Foreign Policy Conference, part 4
September 11, 2015
On September 11, 2015, the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the Women in Foreign Policy conference, entitled, "National Security and Women's Insecurity: Why Women Matter in Foreign Policy."
View the Women in Foreign Policy talk, part four

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