Honors Theses


Finding the Missing Peace: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of UNSCR 1325 in the African Union and European Union

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Emily Fransee

Second Advisor

William Schenck

Third Advisor

Timothy Nordstrom

Relational Format



The UN Security Council’s landmark resolution 1325 created the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, a strategy for harnessing women’s potential in peace processes and improving the status of women who suffer disproportionately in conflict. 20 years later, UNSCR 1325 has been implemented through 89 National Action Plans and several Regional Action Plans, institutions that perpetuate structural violence persists, albeit with more inclusion of women. Through a postcolonial feminist lens, this thesis informs on the differing approaches to WPS and asks the reader to reconceptualize and reimagine a “feminist peace” that acknowledges underlying systems that perpetuate conflict on and off the battlefield. By assessing the WPS measures taken by the African Union and the European Union, I will analyze the nuances in content and structure that exhibit the masculinized patterns of the security field and illuminate the lasting impact of colonialism in foreign peace interventions.

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