Calendar of events

If you would like to help organising any of the events below, please get in touch at or getting in touch directly with an event organiser.

Please check this page constantly as updates will be made regarding to room, even type and more. Hope to see you in our events

Events 2016/2017:

8 March 2017 17:30 (TBC):

WIWIP hosts Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI, on International Woman’s Day. Reception to follow. Registration will be required.

22 November 2016 from 19:00-21:00:

Room: k6.07

WIWIP Movie Night: The Rise of the Guardians – Starring Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law and Chris Pine.

Let’s finish the year with a movie which will make us smile, and a Tooth Fairy which will kick some ass.

See you there

10 November 2016 at 4PM5:30 pm

room: k6.07

Networking skills workshop (There are few people who would claim to love networking and many who cringe at the prospect. But most would agree that developing contacts, allies and collaborations are essential elements of building a career. This work shop examines why networking is so crucial and explores strategies and techniques that will make it less daunting and empower you to make the most of the networking drinks that will follow.

The workshop will be followed by a joint WIWIP and WIIS-UK social at a nearby pub, so that you can practice your new skills! This was a very popular and successful event last year, so please do come along. Places register for a place at eventbrite and please email if you take a ticket but then can’t make it. Please note that as this is a skills workshop, it is for women only; most of WIWIP’s activities are open to al)

Come join us!

27 October 2016, 19:00-21:00:

WIWIP Movie Night: Women in War

Room: k6.07

“‘Women in War’ looks at American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents like Molly Moore about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy. Produced and directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. Narrated by Christiane Amanpour.”

18 October 2016, 18:00-19:30:

First meeting of WIWIP’s Feminist Security Studies Reading Group (Registration required to make sure the room is large enough; please see separate email as well as the WIWIP web page and Facebook for further details as well as future dates and readings)

Room: TBC

October 4th 2016: First Annual Meeting – Introduction to WIWIP for new members/stuents and staff/

Events 2014/2015

Networking Workshop and Networking Pub Night with WIIS-UK

Date: 15th January 2015

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: War Studies Seminar Room

Want to know the key to successful networking? Then come along to this workshop, and put theory into practice afterwards at our pub night with WIIS-UK. Places on a first come first served basis.

Interviewing workshop

March 2015 TBC

International Women’s Day Pub Quiz!

Monday 9th March 2015

6pm – 8pm

Venue: TBC

Come and test your knowledge of women in the world for International Women’s Day! Come as a team or put your new-found networking skills to use and make a team on the night.

If you have ideas for other social, academic, or networking events, share it on the list-serve or send to and wiwip will try and help you organise it! Below are examples of past events organised by WIWIP to give you some ideas.

Past Events

Should I Get a PhD?

Hosted by the King’s College London Women in War and International Politics (WIWIP), this event is open to both men and women, and will explore the pros and cons of a PhD and discuss different career options.

Date: 18th November 2014 from 5.30pm – 7pm

Location: King’s College London, Room S -2.23 (basement level -2)

  • Why I Decided to Get a PhD- Maryyum Mehmood, 2nd year PhD student, Department of War Studies
  • Why I Decided Not to Get a PhD- Monica Allen, Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister
  • The Joys and Pains of a PhD- Heather Williams, Research Fellow, Chatham House
  • Careers with a PhD- Birthe Anders, Teaching Fellow, Department of War Studies

WIWIP Ladies Night

Date: 18th November 7pm

Location: Waterfront Bar

We would love you all to come and we are looking forward to meeting our newest members, as well as welcoming back our existing WWIP alumni.

It’ll be a great networking opportunity, as well as a chance to introduce ourselves properly, and share what we hope to achieve this year with your involvement 🙂

Members from across the college will be there so we’ll have a mix of students for you to chat to and get to know. KCL alumni Monica Allen, who is now Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, will also be attending, and will be able to give an insight on some of the work she is involved with, and hopefully offer some advice on careers and getting a head-start.

So Come along, grab a friend, grab a drink (or 2), and we look forward to seeing you there!

Also a reminder that at 5:30pm on November 18th, WWIP will be holding a panel discussion on ‘Should I Get a PhD.’ So for those interested in attending this first, we can make our way to Waterfront for the meet and greet afterwards.

‘’Women and Afghanistan: The 2014 Presidential Election and Afghan Women’s Empowerment’

Date: 12th November

Time: 5pm

Room: War Studies Seminar Room

Women of Afghanistan: A bright future ahead? A talk by Anna Larson

The fight for women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan have been in the agenda of world’s leading NGOs. This talk and discussion will explore the role of Afghan women as citizens, members of civil society and contributors to peace and development in Afghanistan in a post-conflict and post-election period.

Chair: Professor Vivienne Jabri

Speaker: Dr Anna Larson

Dr. Anna Larson is an academic researcher and specialist in qualitative research methodologies working on democratisation, governance and gender in fragile states. She worked in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2010, where, in her latter year she led research programmes in governance for Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). She is the co-author of the book Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan.

Organised by Begum Icelliler who is looking for people to help with this event, please contact her at:

Women’s History Month: Dialogue Launch


The Politics Society and WIWIP launched their joint issue of Dialogue for Women’s History Month, and gathered at the Bierschenke Pub following a debate sponsored by the Politics Society on abortion.

WIWIP Reading Group: Women in Foreign Policy


This was an informal and open reading group for anyone who was interested in discussing the topic of women and foreign policy. We had some lively and interesting discussions over the course of three meetings.,

Reading Group Meeting 24th October:

Jill Steans, “Engaging from the margins: feminist encounters with the ‘mainstream’ of International Relations,” British Journal of Politics and International Relations 5, 3 (August 2003): 428–454

Reading Group Meeting 3 October:

Francis Fukuyama: “Women and the Evolution of World Politics,” Foreign Affairs 77, 5 (1998): 24-40.

J. Ann Tickner: “Why Women Can’t Run the World: International Politics According to Francis Fukuyama,” International Studies Review 1, 3 (1999): 3-11.

 Reading Group Meeting Thursday 14th November:

 Laura Sjoberg, “Introduction to Security Studies: Feminist Contributions,” Security Studies 18, 2 (2009): 183-213.

Women and Diplomacy: What role do women play in diplomacy and foreign policy?

2013In recent months we have witnessed a lively debate on gender parity in private sector boardrooms. But what about the field of diplomacy and international politics? To find out how women diplomats and those engaged in international politics deal with a professional world that is traditionally male-dominated, WIWIP has invited a number of female speakers to join a discussion panel on the role of women in diplomacy and foreign policy at both national and international levels. We will be discussing women’s participation in international diplomacy, whether men and women are facing the same issues when choosing this career path and whether they differ in approach when resolving diplomatic issues. The speaker’s experience and backgrounds cover diverse geographical areas such as the UK, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Hayfa Matar, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Simona Spinaru, Counsellor, Political Section, Embassy of Romania
Claire Yorke,former Programme Manager, International Security, at Chatham House

New Nuclear Initiatives in Arms Control and Non-proliferation- Likelihood of Success?


Pre-Event:As the panelists were all young women working in the field of international security, we  asked them to join members of WIWIP at a pre-event to discuss career paths, opportunities and challenges.

President Obama’s renewed commitment to ‘a world without nuclear weapons’ along with on-going challenges over Iran, North Korea, and within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, have given rise to numerous new initiatives in arms control and nonproliferation. These initiatives have implications not only for nuclear weapons policy across the globe, but also for broader strategic issues- they suggest a shift in thinking on the interaction of nuclear weapons with security policy, to include human security and the utility of dialogue and cooperation. The panel will discuss four such initiatives, including the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons initiative, the ‘P5 process’ with the five NPT-recognized Nuclear Weapon States, US-Russia arms control, and developments in Chinese nuclear policy. The panelists will provide a snapshot of the current nuclear landscape and discuss challenges and opportunities for these initiatives, along with their broader implications on the strategic stage.


Andrea Berger Research Fellow in Nuclear Analysis at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and Deputy Director for the UK Project on Nuclear Issues.

Dr Nicola Horsburgh British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-15) based at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.

Dr Jenny Nielson Research Analyst with the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Heather Williams

Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy in the International Security Department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

WIWIP and the KCL Debating Society invite you to a debate on: This House supports women being allowed to take on combat roles in the military.

Featuring award-winning debaters from KCL and other universities.

“Networking: Reducing the cringe factor” 

was led by Fiona Richardson from Career Services, who says: “One of the key aims of WIWIP is to provide networking opportunities for its members; do you feel able to make the most of them? For some people networking is effortless, for others the thought of it turns them cold. This workshop will look at methods to develop your professional network and the strategies you can use to reduce the cringe factor.”  2013

 *Please note that photos at events will be made public. Please contact us if you would prefer that photos in which you may appear NOT to be used in our on-line publicity.

Social events, skills workshops, lectures and other activities will be scheduled throughout the year and publicised through the  list-serve, Facebook, and the Department of War Studies and Department of Political Economy webpages. If you are not on the list serve, please sign up.