The New Lines Institute is pleased to be launching the Post-Withdrawal Security Landscape Project, a new initiative to inform policymakers on how the U.S. should responsibly withdraw from conflict zones so as not to embolden power vacuums and other geopolitical instability. This launch event coincides with the publication of a recent report covering the need for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Syrian Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) partners given the current situation in Syria and Iraq, plus difficulties faced during the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.
Host Kallie Mitchell explores sexual violence and justice in Ukraine as brought on by the ongoing conflict.
To achieve the “whole-of-government" approach to implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy, the U.S. government needs to include the Treasury Department as a key department. As the U.S. Treasury enacts sanctions meant to respond to human rights violations, it should consider sanctions’ effects on women and girls and thus should include relevant civil society groups in planning.
The U.S. WPS agenda must grapple with the structural issue of deeply rooted harmful masculinities within U.S. institutions.