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The 4th Annual Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security

Implementing the Vision of the
Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017

Monday, November 5, 2018
9 AM - 6 PM


Description

The Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security is designed to bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers who are interested in advancing the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which advocates for the increased participation of women in matters of national security, including conflict resolution, peace-building, countering violent extremism, transitional justice, and post-conflict reconstruction. The WPS agenda also suggests that national security and human security must proceed hand in hand for peace to be durable and just, including issues that some might see as normally within the scope of national security, such as education, health, and welfare. Women’s perspectives and voice on issues of national security has been sorely lacking, and this symposium is a contribution to the rectification of that deficiency. The Texas Symposium on WPS also aspires to showcase Texas-based scholarship, philanthropy, programming, and policy on these important issues.


Registration

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Location

Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843


Agenda

9–9:10 AM
Conference Welcome Address
Dean Mark A. Welsh III, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University

9:10-9:25 AM
Conference Orientation and Logistics
Valerie M. Hudson, Director, Program on Women, Peace, and Security, Bush School of Government & Public Service

9:25-10:00 AM
Opening Remarks, with Discussion Following
Jamie Dobie, Executive Director, Peace is Loud

10:00-11:10 AM
How Women, Peace and Security Initiatives are Reflected in Security Policy
Panel Speakers:

  • CMD Suzanne Mainor, DOD WPS
  • Olivia Holt-Ivry, Ivry Consulting
  • LT. COL. Bradley Orchard, Australian Defense Force, UN Women
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Weingarten, Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab, New America

11:10-11:20 AM
Break

11:20 AM–12:20 PM
Second Keynote Speaker
Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

12:20–12:45 PM
Networking Break

12:45-1:30 PM
Lunch on your own

1:30–2:40 PM
Council on Foreign Relations, Women and Foreign Policy Program: How the Status of Women advances US Foreign Policy
Panel Speakers:

  • Rachel Vogelstein, Director of Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

2:40–3:40 PM
Texas Perspectives on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS)
Panel Speakers:

  • Janet Kasper, Regional Administrator, Child Sex Trafficking Team, Texas Governor’s Office
  • Melissa Torres, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault/ Co-Faculty for the UN Programs for WILPF U.S.
  • Jenna Cooper, Director of Programs, United Against Human Trafficking
  • Moderator: Dixie Hairston, Research Program Manager, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The University of Texas at Austin

3:40–3:50 PM
Break

3:50–4:50 PM
New Research on Women, Peace, and Security
Panel Speakers:

  • Natalie Wright Romeri-Lewis, Brigham Young University
  • Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Texas A&M University
  • Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Texas A&M University

4:50–5:10 PM
Closing Reflections
Jacqueline O’Neill, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute


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