Through the Looking Glass: Brexit, Defence and Security Through the Lens of Gender
This chapter explores the implications of Brexit on the EU’s defence and security policy through the lens of gender. As the UK navigates its departure from the EU, there remains significant uncertainty about the implications of the post-Brexit political landscape on defence and security. While commentators have attempted to decipher what Britain’s divorce from the EU may mean for the UK as well as the EU’s defence and security, a gender lens has not been systematically applied to these analyses. Since UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted in October 2000, the EU has, at least on paper, supported the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda. Yet, these and other important policy developments are at risk. Whether the UK and EU negotiate a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit, the integration of a gender perspective in defence and security policymaking may be undermined and have detrimental consequences.
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