The Secretary General appointed Clare Hutchinson as NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security in January 2018. She is charged with helping the Alliance to shape and drive its contributions to the Women, Peace and Security agenda as well as NATO’s approach to Human Security. She facilitates an enterprise-wide approach to an ambitious agenda, providing strategic and practical guidance to support NATO in its objectives to achieve gender equality and to bolster its approach to Human Security. She also serves as NATO’s High Level Focal Point for Children and Armed Conflict.
Ms. Hutchinson worked as a Senior Gender Adviser with the United Nations for over a decade. She was instrumental in setting the strategic development of Women, Peace and Security for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping in New York and in many peacekeeping missions. Her experience in the field includes directing implementation of the UN’s Women, Peace and Security agenda in Kosovo and Lebanon.
Born and educated in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, Ms. Hutchinson studied theatre and started her career in broadcasting and public relations, working in public radio and freelance reporting in Canada and the UK. She later obtained her Master’s Degree in International Relations and a further Master’s Degree in Political Research from Newcastle University. She moved to Canada in 1991 and is a Canadian citizen, hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Ms. Hutchinson has long been a champion for women’s issues, supporting projects for women’s empowerment across a broad spectrum of industries. In 1992 she worked in the burgeoning ICT industry as a communications expert for internet start-ups and led projects that helped women and young people to utilise technology effectively. She continues to support women-specific technology projects.
An interview with Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges David van Weel, and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Clare Hutchinson What key emerging security challenges (particularly related to terrorism) are currently being focused on at NATO? What initiatives are NATO prioritising in response to these? David Van Weel […]
President Joe Biden released his Interim National Security Strategic Guidance last month. Counter-terrorism has been replaced by the threat posed by traditional state actors, such as China and Russia, as well as a looming climate crisis as the main challenge facing the United States today. A review of past practices and a refocusing of priorities, as opposed to big commitments, seem to characterise the new president’s counter-terrorism strategy.
This report presents the main findings of ICCT’s year-long research project on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) as a source of terrorism financing. Chapters 2 and 3 take a regional focus and explore this phenomenon in respectively West Africa and the Middle East. Chapter 4 then investigates the possible role that DDR programmes can […]