Women Waging Peace Network Changes Ispis E-mail
četvrtak, 08 Juni 2017 17:06

Dearest Friends,

Nearly 20 years ago, 110 of us met for the first Women Waging Peace Colloquium at Harvard to fundamentally change the way decisions about war and peace are made.

Since then, we’ve made space for ourselves in the halls of power on multiple continents as you’ve grown to a preeminent group of more than 2,000 women experts. When we changed our name to Inclusive Security (to appeal to the US policy world), you insisted on keeping the name “Women Waging Peace” for your network. Good choice!

From the US Congress to the United Nations to your capitals, policymakers know that the full extent of your reach and your commitment to peace is immeasurable. It’s no surprise that many now speak about “the doctrine of inclusive security”; our collective work has had enormous impact.

Inclusive Security has evolved continually since our founding. Now we’re embarking on a strategic shift, which means narrowing the focus of our DC-based team. The upheaval of foreign policy resulting from the US presidential election, plus our foundation’s shrinking financial resources (we’re dependent on the price of oil) have led us into this new phase of our work. While our broad mission remains unchanged, we’re moving from a larger implementing organization to a smaller, nimbler model. We’ll continue to analyze, advise, and advocate globally at the highest level, but we’ll conduct fewer workshops in your countries—in part because you’re doing it so effectively yourselves.

That said, in September 2017, the Women Waging Peace Network will move to a new home—the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego. We’ve established an innovative partnership in which the Kroc IPJ will offer opportunities to foster learning and strengthen your capacities, connect with each other, and integrate your leadership into other fields and movements in ways we cannot. Meanwhile, Inclusive Security will continue to bring you into the room with key policymakers and do our best to ensure that you’re informing US and international policy agendas.

This decision was a big one. We spent months exploring opportunities with organizations in the US and around the world. Ultimately, we landed on the Kroc IPJ. Many of you already know that through their Women Peacemakers program, Kroc has a longstanding commitment to your inclusion in peace and security issues. They’ve committed to supporting the Women Waging Peace Network over many years and are dedicating significant financial resources for staff management and your travel. For decades, you’ve emphasized the importance of documenting your work, sharing your stories and the lessons you’ve learned, and ensuring that women leaders are written into history. By basing the Women Waging Peace Network at a renowned academic institution, we’re continuing to make that a reality.

In the coming days, the wonderful Pari Farmani and Andrew Blum, the Kroc IPJ’s executive director, will send you a note with more information.

While the organizational structures around us will differ, my faith in you will never wane. I’m energized by the Network’s future based in sunny San Diego and look forward to the many chances I know we’ll have to continue connecting.

Now for more transition: After 20 years in Cambridge, I’ll move to DC at the end of the summer so that I can focus on my policy work. (I’ll keep a smaller office in Massachusetts and still teach at the Kennedy School each January.) I’ve been thinking of all of you who’ve been in our home, and all the Harvard students turned policymakers, journalists, and military personnel who’ve benefited from your expertise and guidance. I know you’ll continue to guide future generations at the University of San Diego and beyond.

You’ll still be hearing from me!


Ambassador Swanee Hunt Chair, Inclusive Security