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Diverse Boots on the Ground: EU and NATO Effectiveness

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Event Co-sponsors

German Marshall Fund

Women in International Security


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The Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), German Marshall Fund (GMF) and Women in International Security (WIIS) are pleased to discuss the GMF paper, Raising EU and NATO Effectiveness: The Impact of Diverse Boots on the Ground by Corinna Hoerst, Laura Groenendaal and Gale A. Mattox.

As the nature of security challenges has changed due to the rise of non-state actors and emerging security threats, EU and NATO military operations must adapt in order to remain effective. One way to increase effectiveness and credibility is to improve the role of women in EU and NATO operations both on the ground and in terms of leadership. Having a more balanced representation of gender makes missions more reflective of the countries carrying them out as well as the countries in which they take place, thereby enhancing the overall success of missions. 




  • Laura Groenendaal

    Europe Program, German Marshall Fund, Brussels
  • Ellen Haring

    Senior Fellow, Women in International Security, Director Combat Integration Initiative Project
  • Kathleen Hicks

    Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Gale A. Mattox

    Global Fellow
    Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy