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Feminist Interventions on Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

Ansorg, Nadine and Haastrup, Toni and Wright, Katharine (2020) Feminist Interventions on Foreign Policy and Diplomacy. In: Confortini, Catia and Väyrynen, Tarja, eds. Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. Routledge. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In this chapter, we examine the contributions of feminist scholarship and activism to the discourses and practices of foreign policy and diplomacy. From the changes in the make of foreign policy actors to include more women, to the implications of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the nascent adoption of Feminist Foreign Policy by some countries, we show how feminism has been fundamental to the evolution international politics’ search for peace. We nevertheless highlight persistent blind spots and unintended consequences of the ‘feminist’ turn in foreign policy and diplomatic practice highlighting their challenges to credible ethical practices of states. As we argue, states located in the Global North are more predisposed to branding their foreign policy as ‘feminist’. The implementation of feminist foreign policy for the distant other obscures domestic realities, while reinforcing colonial logics. We conclude that while this feminist turn has given more space for feminist interventions, the adoption of an ethical code is crucial when tackling tensions and contradictions between idealism and pragmatism in feminist foreign policy.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Feminism, FFP, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Nadine Ansorg
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 16:25 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 09:31 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79503 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ansorg, Nadine: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8527-3483
Haastrup, Toni: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6374-1389
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