Getting to Feminist Foreign Policy
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Presentation av Annick Wibben, Anna Lindh professor för genus, fred och säkerhet, Försvarshögskolan.
When the Swedish government announced its adoption of a Feminist Foreign Policy in fall 2014, few of us had any idea what this might mean, nonetheless feminist international politics scholars were energized by the way in which their agenda - seemingly - had been taken up in policy circles and much has been said about the agenda since. From accounts that place it in the larger context of Swedish commitments to gender equality at home and abroad, to critiques of its incongruences, and broader concerns about the very idea of a “feminist” foreign policy.
This paper, developed as part of a project on Sweden’s time on the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, is concerned with the way feminist foreign policy idea(l)s are put into practice - and what happens when its primary proponents (the Swedish Government, but specifically then foreign minister Margot Wallström) “do feminist foreign policy” on a daily basis.
Om Annick Wibben
Annick T.R. Wibben is Anna Lindh Professor for Gender, Peace & Security at the Swedish Defence University, having previously worked at the University of San Francisco and Brown University in the USA. Her research straddles feminist peace research/ security studies and critical military studies as well as, more recently, feminist foreign policy. She also has an interest in questions of methodology, representation, and writing. She has published a monograph, Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach (2011), two edited volumes Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics & Politics (2016), Teaching Peace & War: Pedagogy & Curricula (2020, with Amanda Donahoe), and many journal articles and blog posts.