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Gender Research and Analysis

For several years we have been examining the national and international security implications of gender for the United States military, our allies and partners, and competitors. Our studies focus on recruiting, representation, performance, and integration of women into military services.  CNA also sponsors gender discussions around topics like the 2022 protests in Iran, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and its impacts for women and girls, and cross-regional challenges and opportunities presented by the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Women, Peace, and Security

Cross-regional challenges and opportunities

The Crackdown in Iran: A Women, Peace, and Security Situation Spotlight

Joint event presented by the Inclusive National Security and National Security Seminar initiatives featured Dr. Michael Connell, Principal Research Scientist, Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Programs Division, CNA and Dr. Nazee Moinian, Non-Resident Scholar, Iran Program, Middle East Institute. Moderated by Nilanthi Samaranayake, Director, Strategy and Policy Analysis Program, CNA. With introductions by Halleh Seyson, Vice President/Director, Institute for Public Research, CNA.



No nation can afford to ignore half of its population.


Some of our gender-related work products are classified or have distribution limited to the Department of Defense. Visitors with appropriate credentials can find these reports on CNA’s SIPR site, in DTIC, or can request them through CNA’s Document Center.

Jennifer Griffin, Director, Marine Corps and Defense Workforce Program
Ann Parcell, Director, Navy Human Resources Program
Pamela G. Faber , Senior Research Scientist