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GENDER IN BILATERAL DIPLOMACY

THE SWEDISH AMBASSADOR TO THE US SURPRISES BY CRITICIZING US POLICY (JUNE 20, 2018 in Pringletown, South Carolina). Volvo opens its first car factory in the US outside of Charleston in South Carolina. The Swedish ambassador Karin Olofsdotter (right) surprises by criticizing US policy at the Volvo inauguration. Here at the inauguration with Håkan Samuelsson (left), CEO of Volvo Car Group. Source: Anette Nantell/TT Nyhetsbyrån.

PI: Ann Towns
Main researcher: Ann Towns

In the past two decades, an increasing number of women have entered bilateral diplomacy. Women now make up 25-40% of the ambassadors of a range of countries, and they constitute an even larger share of the lower-level diplomats. Until recently, however, Foreign Service remained a patriarchal stronghold, indeed one of the most male-dominated spheres of the state and one into which women have had a difficult time entering. The recent entry of large numbers of women constitutes a rather dramatic change in the sexual make-up of the members of the diplomatic community. The aim of this project is to analyze whether and how gender norms, networks and practices operate in bilateral diplomacy as carried out by ambassadors and career diplomats. Some of the basic questions include:

• What are the gender norms, networks and practices of contemporary bilateral diplomacy?

• How do diplomats experience these norms and practices? If they seek to change them, how?

• Do female diplomats experience gender norms and networks as a problem for carrying out their duties?

• In what ways do gender patterns and gendered diplomatic interactions intersect with international hierarchies between states?

Funding

Wallenberg Academy Fellowship from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation 2014-2019 (extended 2 years due to leave).

“Women and Diplomacy: Gender Norms in International Politics”,
KAW 2013.0178.

Project Grant from the Swedish Research Council 2014-2019 (will be extended 2 years due to leave).

“Women and Diplomacy: Gender Norms, Resistance and the Work of the Diplomat”, VR 421-2013-638.

Publications

2018. Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns. “The Gender Turn in Diplomacy: A New Research Agenda” International Feminist Journal of Politics.

2017. Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns, eds. Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiations. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

2017. Towns, Ann and Birgitta Niklasson. Gender, International Status, and Ambassador Appointments Foreign Policy Analysis 13, 521-540. 

2017. Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns. “Diplomacy – A Gendered Institution”. In Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds) Diplomacy in a Globalizing World, second edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

2017. Towns, Ann, Anne-Kathrin Kreft and Birgitta Niklasson. “The Empowerment of Women in Diplomacy” in Amy Alexander, Catherine Bolzendahl and Farida Jalalzai (eds) Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment Across the Globe: Strategies, Challenges and Future Research. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

2017. Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns. “Introduction” in Karin Aggestam and Ann Towns, eds. Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiations. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

2017. Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns. “Conclusions” in Karin Aggestam and Ann Towns, eds. Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiations. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

2017. Niklasson, Birgitta and Ann Towns. “Gender, status, and ambassador appointments to militarized and violent countries” in Jennifer Cassidy, ed. Gender and Diplomacy. New York: Routledge, pp 100-119.
 

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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-11-18