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The Gendered Dimension of High-Stakes Security Diplomacy – The Iran Deal from Another Perspective

This post is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.

The notable absence of women from high-profile peace and mediation processes has been an ongoing concern of those advancing the women, peace and security agenda over the past fifteen years.…   continue »

The APA’s Watershed Move to Ban Psychologists’ Complicity in Torture

As Marty Lederman wrote about here, the APA Council of Representatives made waves on Friday by approving, with a near-unanimous vote, a resolution that (1) bans psychologists from national security interrogations, (2) explicitly aligns the APA’s definitions of torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment with international human rights law, and (3) prohibits psychologists from working in Guantánamo, “black sites,” “foreign vessels in international waters, or sites where detainees are interrogated under foreign jurisdiction, unless they are working directly for the persons being detained or for an independent third party working to protect human rights or providing treatment to military personnel.”

It was a stunning about-face for the APA.…   continue »

Background Reading on Umm Sayyaf’s Transfer to Kurdish Authorities

The Pentagon yesterday announced that it has transferred Umm Sayyaf, the US’s first detainee in the campaign against ISIL, to the Interior Ministry of Iraqi Kurdistan where she was being held.

While the move may set a precedent for how the US handles future detainees it captures in the campaign against ISIL, it raises significant concerns about potential for human rights violations by the Iraqi government given evidence that female prisoners in Iraqi prisons are routinely tortured and abused.  …   continue »

Women, Peace and Security: A Review of the High Level Review

September 2015 marks the 15th Anniversary of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. UNSCR 1325 prompted significant and important attention to the experience of women during armed conflict. The Resolution set out a range of measures intended to include women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.…   continue »