alexa In International Relations "W" Stands for Women in "Why" and "(No) Where"
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Journal of Political Sciences & Public Affairs
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In International Relations "W" Stands for Women in "Why" and "(No) Where"

Khaled Al-Kassimi*

McMaster University, 2711 Windjammer Rd, Mississauga, L5L1T3, Ontario, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Khaled Al-Kassimi, PhD
McMaster University
2711 Windjammer Rd, Mississauga, L5L1T3, Ontario, Canada
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Received Date: December 14, 2015; Accepted Date: December 24, 2015; Published Date: December 31, 2015

Citation: Al-Kassimi K (2015) In International Relations “W” Stands for Women in “Why” and “(No) Where”. J Pol Sci Pub Aff S2:005. doi:10.4172/2332-0761.S2-005

Copyright: © 2015 Al-Kassimi K. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



As the tittle proposes the aim of this paper is to understand the position of women in International Relations (IR) by utilizing feminism as an approach and the individual as the security referent object. The essay is divided in 3 sections consecutively. The first section deals with the “why” and “where”; why women are marginalized in IR, this section touches upon epistemology and western philosophy that in turn allows us to locate the position of women in IR. The second section demands that rape is recognized as a weapon of war because it represents a threat to national security even by assessing it using a realist approach to IR with the state as a security referent object. Lastly, the third section discusses how realism took centre-stage as an approach after the catalyst event of 9/11 which resulted in some optimism and pessimism by feminists because the administration adopted its own kind of feminist rhetoric.


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