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Assessing the Potential of National Action Plans to Advance Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325


Aisling Swaine


The George Washington University; University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute

March 24, 2010

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 12, pp. 403-433, Cambridge University Press, 2009
Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 10-01

Abstract:     
‘Women, peace, security’ has now firmly emerged as a distinct category for attention by international law, international policy and programming approaches for governments and activists alike. UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is the pillar of this agenda yet there is questionable evidence of whether the kind of reforms envisioned through SCR 1325 have truly taken place and whether progress, if any, has been made towards its implementation. High expectations are pinned to the more recent and related resolutions SCR1820 (2008), SCR1888 (2009) and SCR1889 (2009) recently adopted by the Security Council. Increasingly, the focus has been on the potential offered through the development of ‘action plans’ as possible ‘solutions’ to the current deficit. In this article, a snap-shot of the ways in which action plans for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 are being developed and the increasing role they are playing in international debate on the theme of ‘women, peace and security’ is presented. The article argues that implementation of these resolutions requires reformist and radical interventions that create fundamental change. Factors affecting the potential of these action plans to encompass this kind of approach are outlined, focusing on the process and content aspects of developing action plans. The article highlights that while action plans are generating positive incentives to compel states to act, and are garnering increased attention and action, caution is required before proclaiming them to be the ‘antidote’ to the existing gulf between the principles of the Resolution and effective policy response and implementation.

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Keywords: Women, peace, security

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Date posted: March 30, 2010 ; Last revised: November 17, 2013

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Swaine, Aisling, Assessing the Potential of National Action Plans to Advance Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (March 24, 2010). Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 12, pp. 403-433, Cambridge University Press, 2009; Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 10-01. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1577567

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Aisling Swaine (Contact Author)
The George Washington University ( email )
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Washington DC, DC 20052
United States
University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )
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Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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