The Women, Peace and Security Agenda: The Unfinished Story of Feminist Revolution versus Compromise in Global Politics

  • Míla O'Sullivan Institute of International Relations Prague, Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic
Keywords: UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security Agenda, feminist critique, revolution, pragmatism


The adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS) in 2000 has prompted the development of an extensive WPS scholarship within the field of feminist International Relations. The dynamic scholarly debate is characterised by certain tensions between two feminist groups – the radical revolutionary one which advocates a redefinition of the global order and is more sceptical of the agenda, and the pragmatist one accentuating the compromise towards the existing peace and security governance. This article explores the two main subjects of the WPS research – the discourse and implementation, as they have been informed by the revolutionary and pragmatist approaches. The article shows that while the academic inquiries into the WPS discourse reveal disappointment with the compromises made regarding the revolutionary vision, this disappointment is also present in the literature on implementation. The latter literature nonetheless acknowledges feminist pragmatism as a way forward given the realities on the ground.

Author Biography

Míla O'Sullivan, Institute of International Relations Prague, Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic

Míla O’Sullivan is a Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and a PhD Candidate at the IIR and Metropolitan University Prague. She is primarily researching Women, Peace and Security in the context of Central and Eastern Europe, focusing in particular on Czech foreign policy and the conflict-affected Ukraine. She serves as an academic advisor on gender in Czech foreign policy in various government bodies.

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