WPS Thought Leaders

WPS Champions: Why and how to advance women’s roles in institutional structures and leadership


Dr. Saira Yamin speaks to distinguished APCSS alumna (i) Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and (ii) Dr. John E. Byrd, Lab Director at the Defense Prisoners Of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency of the US Department of Defense. The discussion draws on the knowledge and experience of two senior officials in enabling women's meaningful participation in security sector institutions. 

Moldova elects its first female President


In this podcast, Dr. Saira Yamin talks to distinguished APCSS alumna Dr. Natalia Albu, Director of the Strategic Research Center, and Ms. Elena Marzac, Executive Director, Information and Documentation Center on NATO, Republic of Moldova, about the election of the pro-Western Harvard-educated Ms. Maia Sandu, the first-ever female President of the former Soviet Republic. The conversation sheds light on the challenges that lie ahead for this young country as well as its new democratically elected leader.

Men as Mentors and Enablers of Women in Peace & Security


In this session on Women, Peace, and Security: Conversations with Thought Leaders, Professors Al Shimkus and Saira Yamin, PhD speak to Dr. Dave Smith, Professor at the Naval War College and author of Athena Rising: Why and How Men Should Mentor Women and a forthcoming book titled How Men can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace about his research, particularly as it relates to the role of women in peace and security. Adding to the wealth of perspectives in this dialogue are Ms. Sharon Feist, Ms. Monica Herrera and Dr. Dee Sawyers, Gender Advisors and Analysts at the United States Indo-Pacific Command.

Ms. Myo Pa Pa Htun


Ms. Myo Pa Pa Htun, Minister Counsellor, representing Myanmar at the Myanmar Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva speaks to Dr. Miemie Byrd.  Ms. Myo Pa Pa Htun discussed her views and philosophy about women's leadership style and women's contributions to advance peace and security in Myanmar and throughout the globe.

Shanchita Haque Interview


Ms. Shanchita Haque, Minister, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, U.N Headquarters in New York, talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about what women bring to the table in leadership positions and the role of governments in advancing gender equality.

Lailufar Yasmin Interview


Dr. Lailufar Yasmin, Professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about the misuse of culture, tradition, and religion by extremist and patriarchal forces to influence gender norms.

Ammara Khattak Interview


Additional Director, Pakistan Civil Services Academy, Ammara Khattak, talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about what it takes to break through the glass ceiling in a predominantly male organizational environment.

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