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WIIS e-Newsletter

Winter 2010

March 8 was International Women's Day - a day to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women around the world, to evaluate the progress of women over the decades, and to look towards a future in which more women take on leadership roles.

Women have certainly made great strides in recent years.

More women are pursuing careers in international security, and more women are rising through the ranks to become decision-makers in organizations, governments, and companies.

But there are still significant obstacles for women in the international security field.

In many international security organizations, women in senior-level positions account for less than 25 percent. Women at all levels continue to ask for mentors, leadership training, and opportunities to share information, experiences, and perspectives globally.

WIIS is empowering women with new approaches and skills to become leaders in the field.

- WIIS is conducting needed research to document women's career paths and experiences in international security. This month, WIIS will release a new report examining women's leadership in the U.S. Executive Branch.

- WIIS is creating a new leadership development program that builds on our track record of mentoring, networking, and knowledge-sharing and is widely accessible to WIIS members.

- WIIS is increasing on-line networking capabilities with social networking options for WIIS members, affiliates, chapters, and groups.

- WIIS is connecting women with professional opportunities in the government, academia, corporations, and multilateral organizations.

- WIIS is working with partner organizations to advocate for women's participation in peace and security in the U.S. and in countries around the world.
The interest in WIIS is growing - but we need your help to respond to women's leadership needs.

Mark this International Women's Day by investing in and supporting WIIS today.

The actions we take today will influence an entire generation of women around the world who are ready to take the mantle of leadership. WIIS is inspired what women have already accomplished in international security and is committed to helping more women to leave a positive mark on peace and security in the future. We look forward to your support!

Jolynn Shoemaker Executive Director, WIIS


Nancy Donaldson was appointed the new director of the International Labor Organization's Washington, DC office.

Arshi Saleem Hashmi recently took part in a conference organized by Women without border's initiative Sisters Against Violence and Extremism (SAVE) where she spoke about the current situation in Pakistan and women of Pakistan trying to break the taboo and raising their voice against militancy and extremism.

Kerry Fray is now working as an Anti-Terrorism Specialist with JHT, Inc.

Melanie Greenberg (WIIS Board Member and Co-president) was interviewed on The Sirius/XM Radio show "Left Jab" on Sunday, January 31, on the Cypress Fund's work on nuclear security.

Stacy Closson is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars working on a project examining the international politics of Russian energy.

Since January 2010, Jana Hertwig is a Research Associate at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the Ruhr-University Bochum, and a Member of the Editorial Office of the Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.

Elena Ilina is Adviser to the President at the Fund for Peace Initiatives (Menlo Park, CA) and continues working on the informative blog on nuclear disarmament and international security www.outsidetheboxapproach.com.

Courtney Lobel will participate in a professional exchange program run by the Atlantic Council in partnership with Sabanci University in Istanbul. The goal of the initiative is to foster closer ties among, and build an expanding network of, emerging Turkish and American leaders committed to advancing U.S.-Turkish cooperation on pressing human rights, security and energy issues through dialogue, collaboration, and ongoing projects.

Dana Linnet, a career Foreign Service Officer, was appointed to the position of Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, UK in August, 2009.

Jean Schindler is the Publications Coordinator at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Adina M. Hill is starting as a Training & Exercise Specialist with FEMA Region X in Bothell, WA.

Jan Marie Fritz is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's 2010 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology.

U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer, Brinille Eliane Ellis was promoted to the mid-level ranks of the Foreign Service. Brinille will complete her three-year assignment as a General Services Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul this summer. She will return to Washington for a year of Urdu language and Public Diplomacy training in preparation for her onward assignment as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan.

In September 2009, Vicki Golich started at the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith is currently living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her husband, James B. Smith, was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Ambassador in September. Dr. Breslin-Smith is the first spouse of an Ambassador back in country in over 5 years, as this had been an unaccompanied position since 2005. She will focus on outreach to women in higher education, and she hopes to teach at a Saudi women's college next year. She is also finishing a book on the history of the National War College, where she had been a professor. She welcomes any researchers coming to the Kingdom.

Arshi Saleem Hashmi published a paper entitled "Pakistan: Politics, Religion and Extremism"

Gail Harris' book, "A Woman's War" was published by Scarecrow Press in January 2010, and recently published an article on cyber warfare in International Affairs Forum

Jana Hertwig published an article on "A more stable and secure Afghanistan. Follow-up of the 2010 London Conference" in Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

Courtney Lobel's article about Haiti relief efforts, "Let's Focus on Haiti's Future", was published on January 22nd in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Jean Schindler's book review, "After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy by Timothy J Lynch and Robert S Singh" was published in Democracy & Society (Winter 2010)

Jan Marie Fritz is the author of "Women, Peace and Security: National Plans, International Interests, Sociological Possibilities," Kharkiv University Herald special Issue (Forthcoming) and "Women, Peace and Security: An Analysis of the National Action Plans Developed in Response to UN Security Council Resolution 1325" by F. Belgin Gumru and Jan Marie Fritz, Societies Without Borders 4/2 (July 2009)

In October 2009, Louise Stanton published a new book entitled The Civilian-Military Divide: Obstacles to the Integration of Intelligence in the United States.

Gulnur Aybet and Rebecca Moore are the two editors of the newly published book entitled NATO in Search of Vision.


On December 1, 2009, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC in partnership with WIIS organized a dinner honoring the UAE Women in Leadership Delegation. Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and WIIS board member, gave the keynote speech focusing on research on Muslim women.

On December 15, 2009, WIIS New-York organized an event entitled "Conversations with Women in the Military" addressing the following questions: How are military operations affected by policies like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the ban on women in certain combat roles? How does psychology impact security and peace-building? In what ways are women in the U.S. Military serving in leadership positions? Speakers included:
Anu Bhagwati (Executive Director, Service Women's Action Network), Major Kate Conkey (Instructor, General Psychology for Leaders, U.S. Military Academy, West Point) and Lieutenant Colonel Diane Ryan (Assistant Professor/Program Director, General Psychology for Leaders, U.S. Military Academy, West Point).
On January 9, 2010, WIIS New-York in partnership with The OpEd Project organized an highly interactive and energetic day-long seminar on how to hone the ideas and causes that we care about, and write about them to make a difference.


WIIS Brussels Meeting with Cristina Gallach, Spokesperson Spanish Presidency to the EU and Former Spokesperson to EU HR Javier Solana
When: March 11, 2010
Time: 7pm
Where: EUROMIL (33, Ave General de Gaulle - B-1050 Ixelles-Flagey)
Cost: There is a 5 euro donation to cover catering costs. Light refreshments will be supplied.
RSVP: send an email to wiisbrussels@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number and affiliation.

WIIS DC Metro Area Happy Hour: Celebrating Our Leaders
In celebration of International Women's Day, Women's History Month, and the release of the WIIS Report Card on Women in International Security, WIIS is dedicating the March Happy Hour to celebrate our progress.
We also want to take this time to recognize the importance of women in our history by dedicating this happy hour to our leadership. We are bringing together our membership and supporters to recognize all of our past leaders who have helped advance women's leadership in International Security. We are also pleased to show our gratitude to Laura Holgate for her dedication as our most recent president.
When: March 19, 2010
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: Le Bar, Sofitel Hotel Lafayette Squar (806 15th St NW, Washington, DC)
RSVP: http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Program=WIIS

WIIS-BPIA 2010 Career Fair
When: April 21, 2010
Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: Booz Allen Hamilton (8283 Greensboro Drive - McLean, Virginia 22102)
More information to come in the next few weeks.

You don't have to wait for an event to take advantage of your membership - WIIS wants members to take charge!

* Organize a WIIS Happy Hour,
* Volunteer to host a mentoring circle,
* Write an article or "how-to" guide that helps other members,
* Report on noteworthy events, workshops, conferences on the WIIS blog,
* Set up a working group at your workplace or on WIIS-Ning,
* Start a chapter or affiliate in your region,
* Manage WIIS mentoring circles in Washington, DC, etc.

Just let us know in which activities you want to be involved and contact us at wiismembership@georgetown.edu or via the WIIS-Ning network!

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