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Date and Location

October 16, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET
Rubenstein 414ab (ellwood Democracy Lab) + Virtual Via Zoom

Contact

617-384-7575
Rebel Women in the Civil War Peace Process with Jakana Thomas, University of California San Diego Photo

​​​​​​​In this talk, based on her forthcoming articles in the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review, Jakana Thomas—Associate Professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego—studies how rebel women shape the path to peace during civil wars. Her research examines the relationship between women’s participation in rebellion and the incidence of negotiations and finds that gender-diverse rebel groups appeal for peace talks more often and are more likely to be seated at the bargaining table. Her research also investigates rebel women’s roles in encouraging gender-inclusive peace terms. She shows that rebel women have a discernible impact on the specific provisions that are included in civil war peace agreements. This broader project underscores why it is important to consider the role of rebel women in encouraging inclusive and lasting peace.

Jakana Thomas is an Associate Professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego. She is also a faculty affiliate of UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health and an advisory board member for several organizations, including the RESOLVE Network housed at the United States Institutes of Peace, the American Bar Association’s Women and Girls Empowered Network, and the Empirical Study of Gender Network. She is an associate editor at the H-DIPLO International Security Studies Forum. Her research focuses on the gender dimensions of political violence, with an emphasis on women’s participation in violent political organizations. Her work seeks to better understand why violent groups, including rebel, terrorist, and community-based armed groups recruit women, why women are drawn to violent politics, the uniq​ue contributions women make to conflict processes, and the societal consequences of women’s inclusion in and exclusion from politics. Her recent research also examines gender-based violence in the United States and violence against women in politics. Her research appears in many leading Political Science and International Relations journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, and the Journal of Peace Research.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School.​

Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may contact Laura Botero at laura_botero@hks.harvard.edu or 617-384-7575 in advance of the program or visit.

Speakers and Presenters

Jakana Thomas, Associate Professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego

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Additional Organizers

​The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School