February/March 2022


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12 Feminist foreign policy

Eve of a revolution, Marissa Conway

This isn't just a women's issue Sofia Calltorp

Mexico aims to lead the way Daniela Philipson García

Make peace, not war Megan MacKenzie

10 Ukraine The West must face down Putin or the

consequences will be global James Nixey 22 Interview Fatima Gailani, a senior negotiator at the - Afghan peacee talks in Qatar describes what today's Taliban are and what they mean for the country 26 United Kingdom A look at the soft power exerted by Britain's longest-serving monarch Anne Twomey 28 China How online feminist subversion is changing Beijing's attitude to gender equality Sophie Zinser 30 Africa Women need a greater input into the development and decision-making behind infrastructure projects Cynthia Liao 32 France What are Macron's chances as he seeks an encore as president Catherine Fieschi 34 South Korea Who will rule in Seoul when Moon departs Aidan Foster-Carter 36 Myanmar Climate how the Burmese people have circumvented a media crackdown Shreyas Reddy 38 Egypt How the military regime in Cairo has curbed creative and cultural activity Helen Fitzwilliam 42 Diplomatic gifts An elephant in the Vatican. The politics of giving presents down the ages

4 Contributors 5 The world in brief including Jargonbuster and shorts 8 Beijing briefing China reaches for the Moon and beyond 40 Postcard Life on rubbish mountain Saumya Roy 45 Date with history Suffragists of the Inter-Allied Women's Conference Mona Siegel 46 Review Islam's role in shaping Europe Maryyum Mehmood Updating the Red Cross model Krisztina Csortea 50 Culture notes Catherine Fieschi Cover by Ruby Sgueglia

From the Editor On March , the world marks International Women’s Day. While we have come a long way since its inception in , more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality. What does this mean for international relations?

With its feminist foreign policy launched nearly eight years ago, Sweden gave us a model that shows how gender can be included in its decision-making in global relations. We hear from Sofia Calltorp, Sweden's Coordinator for Feminist Foreign Policy, on why it is important and how the country is putting it into operation.

Marissa Conway explores the liminal space between the practice and theory of feminist foreign policy, identifying opportunities to embrace as we learn how to approach feminism in international relations. Mexico was the first country in the Global South to adopt a feminist foreign policy, and Daniela Philipson García says this represents an optimum moment to assert regional leadership.

Megan MacKenzie looks at how knowledge from non-western movements can be applied to disrupt traditional practises of war, peace and security, while Afghanistan’s Fatima Gailani offers a way to work with the Taliban to ensure women and girls get access to education.

In China, feminists have been squeezed from political life, forcing them to operate subversively on social media, writes Sophie Zinser, while in Britain Anne Twomey examines how the soft power exercised by Queen Elizabeth II has shaped the Commonwealth over her years on the throne.

In other news, as sabres continue to be rattled along the border of Ukraine, James Nixey looks at what lies at the heart of Russia’s ambitions of expansion. Roxanne Escobales rescobales@chathamhouse.org Twit t e r : @roxy_esco