Security Through Transformations: the Case of the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security

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dc.contributor.advisor Breen-Smyth, Marie
dc.contributor.advisor Mathers, Jenny
dc.contributor.author Basu, Soumita
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-14T09:26:24Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-14T09:26:24Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Basu, Soumita, (2009), Security Through Transformations: the Case of the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security, Thesis submitted in Fulfilment for the Degree of PhD, Department of International Politics. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3037
dc.description.abstract The thesis investigates the role of civil society as ‘an agent of security’ in the passage of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security (SCR 1325). This Resolution, adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council in October 2000, acknowledges the gendered nature of both war and peace processes, and makes provisions on issues relating to women and armed conflict. It is widely recognised as a historic step towards the achievement of feminist agenda(s) in the realm of international security. The theoretical underpinnings of the research draw on the notion of security as emancipation, as proposed by Ken Booth (1991, 1997, 2005, 2007) and Richard Wyn Jones (1999, 2005). In this thesis, emphasis is placed on relations of insecurity between referents and on the role of agency in transforming these relations towards the attainment of security. Feminist International Relations and the work of Antonio Gramsci are employed to develop an agency-oriented strategic framework for examining the passage of SCR 1325. The security problematique identified for the empirical analysis is the set of relations of insecurity that constitute women’s experiences of armed conflict. The significance of SCR 1325 is examined in this context. The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG WPS) – a coalition of civil society actors – played a key role in the passage of the Resolution and continues to be closely engaged with its implementation. A detailed analysis of its role is conducted, using interviews, documentary analysis and a review of the relevant literature. The thesis concludes that the NGOWG WPS and other related civil society actors can and should be considered agents of emancipatory security on issues relating to women and armed conflict. Actors such as these can, therefore, be valuable resources for realising security as emancipation. en
dc.description.sponsorship EH Carr doctoral scholarship; The British International Studies Association; The Foundation for Women Graduates. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.rights The student has requested that this electronic version of the thesis does not include the main body of the work - i.e. the chapters and conclusion. The other sections of the thesis are available as a research resource. en
dc.title Security Through Transformations: the Case of the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security en
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dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en


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