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Female Roles in Contemporary Insurgencies & Small Armies

This course examines female roles in contemporary insurgencies and small armies, as well as gender-specific public diplomacy, counterinsurgency, and civilian engagement strategies.  Particular attention will be paid to Marxist insurgencies in Latin America – FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the ELN (National Liberation Army), along with groups in the Middle East – the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan and the YPJ in Syria.

While this course focuses on the pragmatic rather than the ideological, covered topics are germane to a mandated focus of U.S. foreign policy as outlined in the United States Government’s Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-68) (WPS Act).