Women, Peace, and Security



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This presentation will examine the advantages of integrating Women, Peace, and Security into military security cooperation, using post-conflict Nepal as a case study. This project provides special emphasis on the simultaneous goals of gaining a strategic advantage and establishing peace and justice by promoting the participation and perspectives of women. I will draw on my research of religious peacebuilding and my security cooperation experience in Nepal during the 2015 earthquake, post-conflict transition, and growth of Nepal’s contribution to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. First, I will examine the contextual aspects of the security situation for women in Nepal and South Asia, the influence of UNSCR 1325, and methods of overcoming obstacles to cooperation. I will then describe the specific women, peace, and security efforts by the Office of Defense Cooperation in Kathmandu from 2014 to 2017. Finally, I will evaluate the results of these efforts with a focus on women’s participation in peace and security, disaster response, and overcoming a patriarchal culture to protect and empower women. The highlights of this analysis will consider participation, collaboration, overcoming social discrimination, the correlation of conflict and disasters, and the strategic advantages gained from these efforts.

Publication Date

May, 2023


U.S. Naval War College


Newport, Rhode Island


WPS, post –conflict transition, Nepal, South Asia, security cooperation, UN Peacekeeping Operations, UNSCR 1325, Office of Defense Cooperation in Kathmandu

Expanding Military Security Cooperation in Post-Conflict Nepal