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Podcast: Women, Peace and Security. The Privatisation of War

Jamie Hagen and Saskia Stachowitsch talked about the privatisation of military and security actors and it’s consequences for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the  War Studies Podcast by King’s College London.

Abstract: In the second episode of our three-part series celebrating 20 years of Women, Peace and Security (WPS), we look at the escalating threat that private companies, hired to provide military and security services, pose to the rights of women and minorities in conflict settings. This privatisation of war can have incredibly damaging consequences. Private companies often occupy a murky territory outside the legal frameworks of states and international organisations, meaning human rights abuses, including gender-based and sexual violence, are committed under their watch with little or no comeuppance for the perpetrators.
Dr Jamie Hagen, Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, and Professor Saskia Stachowitsch, from the University of Vienna, join Dr Amanda Chisholm from our own School, to discuss the challenge of this threat, in particular for women and the LGBTQ community. And how Women, Peace and Security might be leveraged to highlight these atrocities and bring justice to the communities affected.

New publication: “Gender and Security Studies Today”: A Conversation with Four Scientists [in German]

Gewalt, Krieg und Flucht///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// by Saskia Stachowitsch, Annick Wibben, Simone Wisotzki and Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel

Published in “Violence, War and Flight. Feminist Perspectives on Security” [in German], Politics and Gender Vol. 32, edited by Antje Daniel, Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel, Melanie Richter-Montpetit and Tanja Scheiterbauer, Publisher Barbara Budrich: Leverkusen.


Lecture: The US Elections 2020 – What Future for Democracy, Social Movements, and Human Rights?


Deva Woodly (The New School for Social Research, New York)
Tina Kempin Reuter (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Chair: Saskia Stachowitsch (IPW, University of Vienna | oiip)

Monday, 30 November 2020, 05:00 – 06:30 p.m.
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants, please register here

The US Elections 2020: What Future for Democracy, Social Movements, and Human Rights?Abstract: While Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections, it is clear that the Trump presidency was not an aberration in the democratic tradition of the US, but reflects a broader shift towards authoritarian politics that is also mirrored on the global scale. This panel discussion reflects on the domestic and international effects of these shifts on social movements, marginalized populations, human rights, and global peace-making. Together with renowned experts, we will explore the future of social justice, inclusion, and participation in the US and beyond under a Biden administration that is faced with the conditions of populism, persistent white supremacy, and rising authoritarianism.

Talk: Risk analysis as political. How gender and race matter in the constitution of crisis in EU border management

Speaker: Saskia Stachowitsch (IPW, University of Vienna| oiip)
Discussant: Rocco Bellanova (University of Amsterdam)

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:00 p.m.
Watch the full talk here:

In this talk, Saskia Stachowitsch explores how risk analysis in European border security functions as a sense-making security practice that is deeply political. With a focus on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), she investigates how gender and race matter in constituting the “riskiness” of migrants as well as the notion of “migration crisis”. As a contribution to emerging debates on race and racism in security studies, she argues for an intersectional approach that reveals how understandings of crisis are linked to the reproduction of gendered and racialized stereotypes, identities and inequalities.

Organized by Amsterdam Centre for European Studies – ACES.

Roundtable: Women, Peace & Security


  • Soumita Basu, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the South Asian University, New Delhi.
  • Jamie J. Hagen, Lecturer in international relations at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Dr Aiko Holvikivi, Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
  • Cynthia Petrigh, International expert in support to societies in transition.
  • Swarna Rajagopalan, Political scientist and founding member of the Women’s Regional Network.
  • Saskia Stachowitsch, Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna.


  • Dr Amanda Chisholm, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at the King’s College London.
  • Dr Andrea Ellener, Lecturer in Defence Studies at the King’s College London.

Link to the full recording

Women, Peace & Security. 20th anniversary roundtable

This autumn marks the 20th anniversary since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). A huge milestone, it finally promised mainstream attention to women’s perspectives on and experiences of war, peace and security which women’s rights activists had been pursuing for over a century.

Join us to celebrate this momentous anniversary with a roundtable of key experts and practitioners discussing the WPS agenda’s past, present and potential futures.

New project: EU border security and gender

We are happy to announce the approval of our research project “Risky Borders. Gender and Race in Border Security” by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)! Saskia Stachowitsch, Julia Sachseder and their team will conduct this research over the next four years at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip).


The project examines the role of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in the reproduction and transformation of gender and racial inequalities and insecurities. In several case studies on border security operations in the Mediterranean Sea, particular focus will be placed on risk analysis in this process.

Estimated project start: fall 2020, total funding: € 490,000.
More about the project