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The WPS agenda and the 'refugee crisis': missing connections and missed opportunities in Europe

Holvikivi, Aiko ORCID: 0000-0001-7901-1105 and Reeves, Audrey (2017) The WPS agenda and the 'refugee crisis': missing connections and missed opportunities in Europe. LSE Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series (6/2017). Centre for Women Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has successfully constructed the figure of the conflict-affected woman as a subject worthy of attention, inclusion and protection on the part of the international community. This concern is especially palpable when she is physically present in a conflict zone. As the conflict-affected woman flees and seeks safety and security in Europe, however, she moves to the periphery of the area of concern of WPS policies and discourses. In this working paper, we demonstrate that forcibly displaced persons skirt the margins of the WPS agenda: refugees are present in WPS policies, but as the subjects of marginal and inconsistent concern. We interrogate the effects of this marginalisation, and suggest that including refugee questions in WPS policymaking and scholarship carries the potential to improve security provision for those who have fled to Europe, as well as to revive the transformative potential of the WPS agenda

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 10:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:12

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