Lexie Van Buskirk

Lexie Van Buskirk

Project Specialist

Lexie Van Buskirk received her Master’s degree in International Peace and Security from the department of War Studies at King’s College London in 2014. Following her education, she worked for a private security consultancy, was a researcher for Wikistrat, and interned remotely for the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis. She has written on issues ranging from preventive diplomacy, to ballistic missile defense in the Asia Pacific, to the potential utility of consultative commissions in verifying the Iranian Nuclear Accords (JCPOA). She devotes her free time to enjoying the outdoors, practicing yoga, taking cooking classes, and doting on her dog.

Blogs

Suzan Aref

Case Study: When it Comes to NAPs, Iraq Leads the Way in MENA

October 22, 2018
The Iraq National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security has been a leading example for other states in the MENA region, but it expires at the end of this year. We highlight five ways civil society can help improve the NAP moving forward.
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National Action Plan Case Study: Australia as a Model for Success

October 12, 2018
Australia has a consistently high ranking when it comes to measuring Women, Peace and Security. A closer look at the country’s NAP on WPS reveals the biggest secret to its success has been a strong relationship with civil society actors. 
Hack It Mali

Hack It! Leverage The US WPS Act To Support Peace In Mali

December 28, 2017
Try out our micro-hacks on the US WPS Act for yourself by applying them to the Mali peace process!
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Women, Peace and Security: There's an Act for That! (Part III)

December 15, 2017
As of October 2017, the United States has domestic legislation that mandates women's full and equal participation in peace and security issues. Learn how to hack this new law to support WPS more broadly.

Women, Peace and Security: There's an Act for That! (Part II)

December 11, 2017
As of October 2017, the United States has domestic legislation that mandates women's full and equal participation in peace and security issues. In the second installment of this three-part series, we highlight how the Act will boost gender equality.

Women, Peace and Security: There's an Act for That! (Part I)

December 04, 2017
As of October 2017, the United States has domestic legislation that mandates women's full and equal participation in peace and security issues. In the first of this three-part series, we highlight the events that led to the new Act's passing.

In Yemen, Engaging Women is Key to Creating Peace

November 20, 2017
While the war in Yemen continues, Yemeni women are critically involved in bringing peace to the fragile state, an example of Women, Peace and Security work in action. 

WPS In Action: Countering Violent Extremism in Somalia

November 14, 2017
OSF is highlighting recently published interviews of our partner ICAN of Women, Peace and Security practioners. This week, we highlight Somali peacebuilder Faiza Dhocob.