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- What impact does gender difference make to political decision-making?

- Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world?

The role of gender has been increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations.

This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender' the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for future study. To this end it uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the importance of a gender perspective to both theory and practice in conflict resolution and peace research.

The theoretical chapters explore the gender relationship and engage with the many stereotypical dichotomies like femininity and peace and masculinity and war. The case study chapters (drawing on examples from South America, South Asia and Europe, including former Yugoslavia) move beyond theoretical critique to focus on issues like sexual violence in war, the role of women in military groups and peacekeeping operations and the impact of a 'critical mass' of women in political decision-making.

Gender, Peace and Conflict will provide an invaluable survey and new insights to a central area of contemporary research. It will be essential reading for academics, students and practitioners across peace studies, conflict resolution and international politics.

Inger Skjelsb├Žk is a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).

Dan Smith is Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

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Meet the Author

Dan Smith took up the post of Secretary General of International Alert in December 2003, coming from a distinguished research career that led to active involvement in peace processes.

He was Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) from 1993 to 2001 and led PRIO into active engagement in conflict resolution. He both established projects and worked directly on negotiation and dialogue in a number of areas including the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. Before PRIO, he was Associate Director of the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam) 1988-1991 and Director 1991-1993, He has also held research positions at the Richardson Institute for Peace & Conflict Research; at Birkbeck College, London; at the Norwegian Nobel Institute; and at the Hellenic Foundation for Foreign & European Policy in Athens. Dan was Chair of the Board at the London-based Institute for War & Peace Reporting from 1992 to 2006 and is today a member of the UN Peace building Fund's Advisory Board.

Dan is the author/co-author of 10 books including successive editions The State of the World Atlas and The Atlas of War and Peace, as well as over 100 journal articles and chapters in anthologies. His most recent major work is The State of the Middle East, published in October 2006.

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Table of Contents

Forward - Angela E V King
Introduction - Inger Skjelsb[a and e joined together]eak and Dan Smith
Women, Peace and the United Nations - Dorota Gierycz
Beyond Beijing
The Problem of Essentialism - Dan Smith
Is Femininity Inherently Peaceful? - Inger Skjelsb[a and e joined together]aek
The Construction of Femininity in War
Women and War, Men and Pacifism - Michael Salla
Gender, Power and Politics - Errol Miller
An Alternative Perspective
Women in Political Decision-Making - Drude Dahlerup
From Critical Mass to Critical Acts in Scandinavia
Promoting Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution - Anuradha M Chenoy and Achin Vanaik
Gender Balance in DecisionMaking
Integrating a Gender Perspective in Conflict Resolution - Eva Irene Tuft
The Colombian Case
The Use of Women and the Role of Women in the Yugoslav War - Svetlana Slapsak
Gender Difference in Conflict Resolution - Kumudini Samuel
The Case of Sri Lanka
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