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Inclusive National Security

Inclusive National Security (InclusiveNatSec) is a CNA-funded initiative dedicated to fostering discussions on inclusivity in national security among the community of national security professionals who are exploring the implications of structural biases in their work. The seminar series explores what national security thought leaders can do to counter the influence of structural and systemic biases.

InclusiveNatSec is in its third season of virtual events featuring a range of distinguished keynote speakers from government, academia, and the private sector. In 2021, our theme was Racism and National Security. The focus for 2022 was Gender and National Security. For the coming year, our discussions will center on Intersectionality and National Security.

Those who are interested in joining the InclusiveNatSec community can attend an upcoming event, follow the group on Twitter, and join the mailing list.

Upcoming Event

Lethal Intersections: Safety, Security, and Youth

A virtual seminar

Wednesday, September 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland

Expert Discussant:  Dr. Maleeka Glover, Executive Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS)

Dr. Patricia Hill Collins will share insights from her forthcoming book, Lethal Intersections: Race, Gender, and Violence. Using the experiences of American youth, she will examine how intersectional approaches can be used to analyze and address violence as a social problem. Her presentation will discuss the complex power dynamics of race, gender, class, and sexuality that organize violence at varying levels of society, and how these dynamics shape how young people experience and perceive safety and security.

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This event took place on June 28, 2023

From the Battlefield to the Home: Violence Against Women & Girls in Crises

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Ilana Seff, research assistant professor at Brown School of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and Cyril Bennouna, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Brown University.

Discussant: Dr. Alina Potts, research scientist at the Global Women’s Institute at The George Washington University and principal investigator of the Empowered Aid project.

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This event took place on June 20, 2023

Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Recruiting & Retaining Women in Law Enforcement

Keynote Speakers: Chief (ret.) Ivonne Roman, former chief of police in Newark, New Jersey, and Dr. Helen Yu, University of Hawaii professor and retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel.

Moderator:  Dr. Cait Kanewske, a research analyst at CNA.

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This event took place on May 17, 2023

How Disinformation Divides Communities of Color

Keynote Speaker and Discussant: Dr. Jonathan Ong, professor and Andrew Carnegie Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Kavitha Rajagopalan, director of the Asian Media Initiative at the City University of New York’s Center for Community Media

Moderator: Dr. Megan K. McBride, research scientist at CNA and research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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This event took place on April 25, 2023

Climate Conflicts and Environmental Peacebuilding: Intersectional Approaches

Keynote Speaker and Discussant: Dr. Erika Weinthal, Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy at Duke University

Discussant: Dr. Aubrey Paris, Senior Policy Advisor on Gender, Climate Change, & Innovation in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI) at the U.S. Department of State.

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This event took place on March 9, 2023

Masculinity and Authoritarianism: Political Leadership and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Valerie Sperling, expert on the intersection of Russian politics and gender studies, author of the book Sex, Politics, and Putin, and professor of political science at Clark University

Moderator: Dr. Marlene Laruelle, Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Director of the Illiberalism Studies Program, and a Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs

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Past Events, Season 2

Season 2: Gender and National Security

In 2022, InclusiveNatSec focused on the theme of Gender and National Security. The virtual event series featured a range of distinguished keynote speakers from government, academia, and the private sector. 

Past Events, Season 1

Season 1: Racism and National Security

In 2021, InclusiveNatSec focused on the theme of Racism and National Security. The virtual event series featured a range of distinguished keynote speakers from government, academia, and the private sector.



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