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January Newsletter: Women: Influencers of Extremism
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Women: Influencers of Extremism

Conflict on a battlefield is what usually comes to mind when we think about warfighting, but it’s only one type of combat. Information operations is another. Also known as influence operations, it includes the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. And women members of extremist organizations are some of the most active and effective operators in this domain.

Using propaganda to recruit in-person and online, women’s ability to detect the early signs of radicalization better and faster than men makes them highly effective at targeting potential recruits. Gender bias works in their favor as well. Considered by many in the security sector to be less prone to engage in violent conflict, women can spread extremist messages fomenting violence without raising suspicion.

Take a look at the January newsletter to gain greater insight into the critically important role women extremists have as influencers both on the ground and online. They are a force to be reckoned with.

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November Newsletter – Want to be a Male Ally for Gender Equity? Some Tips and Advice

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Want to be a Male Ally for Gender Equity?
Some Tips and Advice


Underrepresented in many industries as well as leadership positions in business overall, women need allies to promote gender equity and women’s empowerment. And some of their most important allies are m-e-n. However, while many men want to be allies, they often don’t know what to do.

Organizations like Promundo — working to promote gender equality by engaging men and boys — answer the question of what to do. Their Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) program, for instance, targets women’s economic empowerment, improving women’s access to natural resources in part by engaging men as partners. Similarly, their Bolsa Familia Companion Program also cultivates men as allies for women’s empowerment by working with men to prevent the perpetuation of harmful gender roles and norms.

Peruse the November newsletter to discover ideas for how men can promote gender equity and women’s empowerment in the workplace. And it’s not just the “right” thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do if you want to increase economic growth; improve organizational performance; and enhance your organization’s ability to attract and retain employees. Just another way to change the game!

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September Newsletter – 21st Century Dostoevsky: War and Peace of the Cyber Variety

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The United States, Russia, China, and other nations are creating their own cyber armies, committing acts of cyber offense to gain the upper hand against their adversaries. Non-state actors are also deep in the thick of cyberwar. The Syrian Electronic Army, a loosely organized group of hacktivists, disseminates pro-regime propaganda and attacks opponents by defacing their websites, hijacking Domain Name Systems (DNS) and spreading malware. The Ukrainian Cyber Alliance has a history of hacking Russia-backed separatists’ cell phones and computers and, more significantly, in 2016 hacked into Kremlin emails.

In the alternative, organizations are cropping up to protect against these threats, such as the Cyber Peace Corps and the Cyber Peace Foundation, being preemptive to prevent the problem before it starts. And, of course, the United Nations is also involved in devising ways to promote and ensure cyber peace, focusing on cybersecurity and internet governance.

To help us all understand cyberwar and cyber peace a bit better, we’re sharing three pieces guaranteed to satisfy a variety of time constraints/levels of interest. Enjoy!


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