What We're Reading

March 2019 | Gender

This March, RESOLVE directs the spotlight on gender and women. The What We Are Reading digest features studies on the role of gender and women in violent extremism,  P/CVE, and peace processes. The publications analyze the implications of returning foreign fighters, questions of statelessness and radicalization, possibilities of counter-messaging against ISIS propaganda targeting women, and the workings of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ). Click the links to read more.

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Kanisha D. Bond, Kate Cronin-Furman, Meredith Loken, Milli Lake, Sarah E. Parkinson, Anna Zelenz
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2019-03-04
In recent weeks, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have closed in on the last remaining Islamic State holdout in eastern Syria. The remains of the so-called caliphate occupy less...
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Jessica Trisko Darden
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2019-02-08
Between April 2013 and June 2018, women from 51 countries lived in ISIS-held territory in Syria and Iraq. According to estimates, at least 9,401 women and children joined the group. Yet m...
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Dr. Virginia M. Bouvier
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2016-03-01
Through desk research, literature review, and personal interviews, this paper provides an overview of the Colombian internal armed conflict and the peace process currently underway to tra...
Partner Article
Belquis Ahmadi
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2019-03-01
Negotiations with the Taliban must include Afghan women to protect their progress and build a sustainable peace. As talks between the U.S. and the Taliban raise hopes for peace in Afghan...
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2018-03-22
Kurdish women first took up arms in the early 1990s, as members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long war for self-rule in Turkey. Inspired by Murray Bookch...
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Rachel Bryson
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2018-09-13
The Tony Blair Institute has commissioned a series of papers to bust the myths on women, gender and extremism that act as a roadblock to constructive policy. These papers show how the rol...
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2019-01-11
The global study, Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Reintegration and Rehabilitation, conducted in partnership with the International Civil Society Action Network, responds ...
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Kathleen Blee
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2018-10-01
This working paper considers the state of scholarship on gender and the far-right and suggests some next steps. I argue that scholars are ready--and obliged--to make bigger claims about g...