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Dr. Susan Yoshihara to teach new course on Women, Peace, and Security

Susan Yoshihara HeadshotDr. Susan Yoshihara has recently joined the IWP faculty to teach a new course entitled Introduction to Women, Peace, and Security (IWP 712), which will be offered in person this spring.

“This is a very important new field for IWP, and Susan will add a critical component to our evolving curriculum,” said IWP Dean of Academics Dr. James S. Robbins.

About the course on Women, Peace, and Security

This course prepares professionals intellectually and practically to work in and/or with U.S. agencies that implement the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017, with a focus on the Departments of Defense (DoD) and State. Students will learn and problem-solve through a range of learning methods such as presentations, seminar discussions, and case studies. The course features findings from academic research, partner nation engagement, and impact analysis. It features a selective and limited number of expert speakers.

About Dr. Susan Yoshihara

Susan Yoshihara is founder and president of American Council on Women Peace and Security, a non-partisan, nonprofit think tank in the nation’s capital advancing peace and security for women, their families, and communities through education, on-the-ground engagement, policy analysis, and advocacy.

Dr. Yoshihara is a senior advisor on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) to NORAD and USNORTHCOM. She was WPS Advisor to Defense Security Cooperation Agency and University from 2020-2023 where she led the team that integrated the requirements of the WPS Act of 2017 into education and training for the U.S. security cooperation workforce.

Dr. Yoshihara participated in UN negotiations on development, security, and human rights from 2006-2020 as part of civil society, serving on the Holy See delegation during the Commission on Population and Development, and advising the UN Security Council at its Open Debate on Children Affected by Armed Conflict.

She served twenty years as a U.S. Naval Aviator, leading helicopter combat logistics missions in the Gulf War and humanitarian assistance and search and rescue missions in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. She was on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College, and is on the board of directors of the White House Fellows Alumni Association and Foundation.

Dr. Yoshihara is the author of several peer-reviewed and law review articles; her books include Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts, and Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics. Her current book project on the American Way of Women Peace and Security examines how the United States is implementing WPS through security cooperation in an era of strategic competition.

Dr. Yoshihara holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy. She lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, Dr. Toshi Yoshihara, and their two daughters.


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