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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


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.




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


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

9:10-9:15 AM
Conference Orientation and Logistics
Valerie M. Hudson, Director, Program on Women, Peace, and Security, Bush School of Government & Public Service

9:15-9:55 AM
Opening Remarks, with Discussion Following
Telling the story of Women, Peace & Security: Who narrates the world? 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:

  • LT. COL. Bradley Orchard, U.N. Women
  • CMD Suzanne Mainor, Joint Staff/J5 Stability and Humanitarian Engagement Division, United States Department of Defense
  • Olivia Holt-Ivry, Independent Consultant
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Weingarten, Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab, New America

11:10-11:20 AM

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
Panelists’ lunch

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, Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow, Director of Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations and Author of Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley’s War
  • Moderator: Sarah Boyd, Fulbright Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School (Gender and Foreign Policy); Practitioner Fellow, Monash Gender Peace and Security Center

2:45–3:45 PM
Texas Perspectives on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS): Trafficking
Panel Speakers:

  • Janet Kasper, East Texas Regional Administrator, Child Sex Trafficking Team, Texas Governor’s Office
  • Melissa Torres, Director of Human Trafficking Research Portfolio, University of Texas at Austin/Vice President of the International Board, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Ashley Alley, former intern with the Child Sex Trafficking Team from the Office of the Texas Governor, and current Bush School MPA student
  • Moderator: Dixie Hairston, Research Program Manager, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The University of Texas at Austin

3:45–3:55 PM

3:55–4:55 PM
New Research on Women, Peace, and Security
Panel Speakers:

  • Natalie Wright Romeri-Lewis, J.D., M.Sc., Brigham Young University/ The WomanStats Project / Global Truth Commission Index
  • Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson, Texas A&M University
  • Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University
  • Moderator: Valerie M. Hudson, The Bush School, Texas A&M University

5:00–5:30 PM
Closing Reflections
Jacqueline O’Neill, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute

5:30–6:00 PM
Closing Reception, Presidential Conference Center Atrium


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