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Karin Aggestam

Professor, Director

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WPS, peace negotiations, and peace agreements


  • Karin Aggestam

Summary, in English

Peace negotiations and their outcomes have long-term repercussions for post-conflict politics and societies. Yet, one of the most striking patterns of contemporary peace diplomacy is the gross underrepresentation of women at the negotiation table, which reflects the gendered nature of diplomacy as an institution. The research question raised in this chapter concern how gender impacts peace negotiations, and how women’s participation is conceptualized in theory and framed in policy? The chapter first takes stock of contemporary policy discourses on women’s participation and the state-of-the art of scholarly work on gender and peace negotiations. It then moves on to depict where women are descriptively positioned in peace negotiation and analyzes the gendered dynamics of peace negotiations. It highlights some enabling and constraining factors, which influence women’s participation in peace negotiation. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how a research agenda can be advanced on gender and peace negotiation.


  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year







The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security

Document type

Book chapter


Oxford University Press


  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Gender Studies


  • Empirical research
  • Empirical study
  • Participation
  • Peace diplomacy
  • Peace negotiations




  • Gendering Peace Mediation
  • Rethinking Justice and Peace Diplomacy


  • ISBN: 9780190638276