Feminist Foreign Policy, Progressive Foreign Policy and Great Power Competition

kutsutilaisuus · Arkadiankatu 23 B, 5th floor, Helsinki · 16.09.2022 14:00 - 15:30


US policy makers, from Madeline Albright to Hillary Clinton were early international champions of women’s rights in foreign policy (then first-lady Clinton famously proclaimed in Beijing at the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights”) and the US adopted a Women Peace and Security Strategy in 2019. But US progressives have not adopted the FFP label, even as many feminist goals and insights are central to progressive visions. What are the different strands of progressive foreign policy and where does feminist foreign policy fit? How can we operationalize feminist foreign policy beyond the 3Rs of rights, representation, and resources, or categorical demilitarization? In the emerging era of great power competition and Russian aggression, what are the possible feminist answers and how do they fit with or within a progressive foreign policy as laid out by the Biden administration?



Rachel Tausendfreund

Visiting Senior Fellow

Rachel Tausendfreund is a Visiting Senior Fellow at CUSPP for the autumn of 2022. She is the editorial director at GMF, overseeing the organization’s research output and publication planning. Before joining GMF, Rachel Tausendfreund was editorial director at the European Council on Foreign Relations and editor at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). At the DGAP, she was a member of the editorial team of the bimonthly foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik and ran IP-Journal, an online magazine covering German and European foreign policy. She has researched and published on issues relating to German, American, and transatlantic politics, as well as international trade policy and European foreign policy.


Ville Sinkkonen

Postdoctoral Fellow, FIIA

Ville Sinkkonen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Center on US Politics and Power. His research focuses on US foreign policy, hegemony, normative power and the politics of trust in international relations. Sinkkonen is the author of "A Comparative Appraisal of Normative Power" (Brill, 2015) and his work has been published in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and European Foreign Affairs Review, among others. He holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Turku.