Rethinking International Security: Feminist Critiques in International Relations

ATMACA A. Ö. , Gozen Ercan P.

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, vol.15, no.59, pp.19-31, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 59
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.33458/uidergisi.523824
  • Page Numbers: pp.19-31


The discipline of International Relations (IR) has defined its boundaries through masculine terms, which makes women and gender relations hardly visible. Nevertheless, women have always been an inseparable part of interstate relations, and the world's most important problems cannot be treated separately from gender politics. On grounds of the basic assumptions of feminist IR theories, the aim of this study is to analyse how feminism offers new ways to understand contemporary issues of international security. In this vein, feminist IR literature is analysed from the perspective of security, and feminist critiques are exemplified through the concept of the "Responsibility to Protect".