WPS in Central Europe: in between Western Agenda and Russian Imperialism

Krulisova, K. ORCID: 0000-0001-8065-188X and O'Sullivan, M., 2022. WPS in Central Europe: in between Western Agenda and Russian Imperialism. International Affairs. ISSN 0020-5850 (Forthcoming)

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Although firmly established as a global norm, the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) has been largely driven by the Global North attempting to solve insecurities in the Global South. Postcolonial feminist research shows that this Western-centrism and colonial legacies continue to dominate both WPS practices and knowledge production. This article interrogates WPS in Central Europe, a previously ignored ‘non-region’ that remains outside of the North-South divide. Combining post-colonial and decolonial approaches with Feminist Institutionalism, we interrogate what WPS becomes in the Czech, Polish and Slovakian contexts characterized by illiberal populist and anti-gender governance and politics. Building on interviews with key stakeholders, document analysis and our own encounters, we argue that the three countries understand WPS as a key to their Western belongingness and reliability as international partners. As a result, they replicate rather than challenge the ‘Western’ WPS thinking. The resulting NAPs are centred around women’s participation and security problems ‘out there’. This lack of localization enables them to stay immune to the anti-gender alliances but limits engagement of feminist civil society. Amidst the Russian imperial aggression, CE’s WPS agendas serve as mere paper tigers and are failing to address the multitude of domestic and regional gendered insecurities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Affairs
Creators: Krulisova, K. and O'Sullivan, M.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 5 December 2022
ISSN: 0020-5850
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Jan 2023 10:50
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023 15:29
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/48035

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