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Williams College

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Program Name

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


This interdisciplinary ISP expands the traditional field of IR and security studies through a feminist and gendered perspective and has three aims: 1) to explore and assess the role that gender plays in creating and reproducing power relations among men and women at the level of international institutions; 2) to demonstrate that women play a wide variety of roles in conflict zones and peace building; and 3) to emphasize that terrorist organizations utilize the power relations constructed through gender and hegemonic masculinity to radicalize young men and women and to explore the relationship between hypermasculine state and terrorist masculinity. The primary methods of research used during this project were interviews conducted with experts working with gender and literature review of existing work that connects international security studies and gender. I conducted four interviews for this research project which spanned from a feminist NGO to the UN to the Gender Studies department at the University of Lausanne.


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | International and Area Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Women's Studies