Defence cooperation in Europe, involving both multilateral, supranational, as well as bi- and minilateral elements, is driven by the need to protect Europe, but also by the wish of giving European countries more autonomous capabilities to shape their common destiny in the security realm. Yet stated ambitions tend to lag behind actual progress. Why is this the case?
This presentation views obstacles to European defence cooperation through a gender lens, exploring gendered images of countries and institutions, and deploying a feminist critique of the concept of power in international relations, which stands in the way of truly acting in concert among Europeans.
About the speaker
Johanna Möhring is Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, University of Bonn, and Research Associate with the Centre Thucydide, Paris-Panthéon-Assas. She has completed a doctorate in Political Science at the Université Paris-Panthéon Assas with a thesis on defence cooperation in Europe. She studied International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, Russian language and civilisation at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, and Public policy/ Public administration at the University of Konstanz. Previously, Johanna Möhring was researcher at the École Nationale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft in London, and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is co-founder of Women In International Security (WIIS) France and served as its president from 2018 to 2022.
Part of the Gender Seminar Series
The Gender Centre has developed this series of research seminars in order to offer a platform for exchange for students, doctoral students in particular, and researchers whose work includes a gender perspective. During this monthly series, researchers have the opportunity to discuss their work, meet peers from different disciplines at the Graduate Institute, as well as interact with other students, guest speakers and faculty members.
See the programme of this semester's Gender Seminar Series here.
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