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Ambassador Swanee Hunt addressed Naval War College students on the importance of Inclusive Security and how it applies to the world today. She tackled some of the most common myths about Women, Peace, and Security. In doing so, she addressed why women’s inclusion in the peace process in the midst of a crisis is not a secondary issue, but rather is of utmost importance.
Swanee Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program, and senior fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, all at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She teaches “Inclusive Security,” exploring why women are systematically excluded from peace processes and the policy steps needed to rectify the problem.
Since 1981, Hunt has been president of Hunt Alternatives Fund, which includes among other programs, The Institute for Inclusive Security and its Women Waging Peace Network. The Washington-based Institute conducts research, training, and advocacy to integrate women into peace processes in more than 40 countries.
From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Austria, where she hosted negotiations and international symposia to stabilize the neighboring Balkan states. Turning her attention to the imploded economies surrounding Austria, she became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe, leading to the 1997 “Vital Voices: Women in Democracy” conference of 320 women leaders in business, law, and politics, and the documentary film “Voices.”
Ambassador Hunt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the board of Crisis Group. In addition to articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Magazine and other journals, she has had three syndicated columns, authored op-eds for a dozen major newspapers, and been a guest commentator on myriad international and domestic networks, including CNN, MSNBC, PBS, Voice of America, and CBS Evening News. This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, won the 2005 PEN/New England Award for non-fiction; her memoir, Half-Life of a Zealot, followed; last year’s Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security. All are published by Duke University Press.
In 2007, Ambassador Hunt was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She holds a doctorate in theology, six honorary doctorates, has been a professional photographer and composer, and was married to symphony conductor Charles Ansbacher. Her world includes their three children and a menagerie of cat, parrot, horses, bison and grandchildren.
Ambassador (ret.) Swanee Hunt’s presentation, "Inclusive Security: Vital or Vacuous?" was the College's academic year 2011-2012 Spruance Lecture. The Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Lecture honors a great naval hero of World War II and past president of the College. The lecture is sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Finn II.