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Title: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Feminist Interventions
Author(s): Ansorg, Nadine
Haastrup, Toni
Wright, Katharine A M
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Editor(s): Väyrynen, Tarja
Parashar, Swati
Féron, Élise
Confortini, Catia
Citation: Haastrup T, Ansorg N & Wright KAM (2021) Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Feminist Interventions. In: Väyrynen T, Parashar S, Féron É & Confortini C (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. Routledge Handbooks. London: Routledge, pp. 202-211.
Keywords: feminist peace studies
feminist foreign policy
security organisations
WPS agenda
Issue Date: 2021
Date Deposited: 28-Dec-2019
Series/Report no.: Routledge Handbooks
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.
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