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date: 19 January 2021

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This article examines some of the principle tensions, but also compatibilities, between the study of international relations and feminism. It also reviews briefly some of the main points of debate and controversy within feminist thinking, and the ways in which feminist insights have been taken up by global actors in world politics, such as the United Nations. Much of the discussion of feminism and international relations has usefully focused on the ways in which mainstream accounts of international relations ignore its impact on gender and/or make invisible the kinds of contributions that feminist analyses can bring to processes of international relations. The article goes in a somewhat different direction by examining the ways in which ‘gender’ does circulate globally, and the ways in which gender has obtained something of a worldwide currency, especially in (but not limited to) questions of peace, violence, and conflict.

Keywords: international relations, feminist thinking, gender, peace, violence, conflict, United Nations

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