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Smart Women, Smart Power
By: Beverly Kirk

The Smart Women, Smart Power (SWSP) Initiative launched at CSIS on December 8, 2014, with Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaking about issues ranging from the U.S. relationship with Russia to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the challenges of global diplomacy. On March 10, CSIS will welcome Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation, for our second live event. Look for an invitation to that event in February.

Live events are just one aspect of SWSP. An Apple iTunes podcast is another. Nina Easton, Fortune Magazine columnist and chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, moderates both the live events and the podcasts. Guests have included high-profile women such as U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and the State Department’s Ebola chief, Ambassador Nancy Powell. Podcasts have also featured women foreign affairs analysts from throughout CSIS (our staff is approximately 50 percent female) and the broader think tank community. Finally, the podcast has also tried to give voice to leaders who may not be household names, but who are doing extraordinary work. In one recent podcast, Easton interviewed a Syrian refugee who works for a nongovernmental organization in Turkey. She recounted the harrowing story of how she escaped the violence in her home country and is now helping other victims of the Syrian Civil War.

The SWSP Initiative aims to amplify the voices of women in foreign policy, national security, and international business. It provides a platform where top female leaders are seen and heard discussing critical global issues and offering solutions. The effort is bipartisan, and men are welcome at our events. We encourage everyone to join in the discussion on our Facebook and LinkedIn social media pages.

The CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative is made possible with support from Citi and presented in partnership with Fortune.

Beverly Kirk is a fellow and deputy director for outreach in the CSIS International Security Program and program manager of the CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative. Other posts by .


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