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Gender Perspectives and Military Effectiveness: Implementing UNSCR 1325 and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

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OSTP Journal Article

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Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Washington United States

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In January 2013 then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rather unexpectedly lifted the ban on women in combat roles. This came after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan where women had distinguished themselves in many ways not the least of which included combat. The debate on the implementation of this decision has since raged, raising questions about physical standards and the impact on unit cohesion, among other things. The last few years have also witnessed a necessary discussion about the outrageous frequency of sexual assaults within military organizations. These debates for good and bad have placed gender issues in relation to military organizations high on the agenda of public debate.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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