There are many individuals within the U.S. Government, civil society, and among our international partners whose support made this book possible. While we cannot list every person, the following individuals deserve special mention.
United Nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson called on men and boys worldwide to join movement for gender equality at HeForShe Campaign in New York City, September 2014 (UN Women/Simon Luethi)
For conceiving and leading the project, we thank Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton; Secretary Leon Panetta; Ambassador Melanne Verveer; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) William K. Lietzau; DASD Anne A. Witkowsky; Anita Botti; Jamille Bigio; Sara J. Kapell; Robert Kravinsky; Colleen Laughlin; Commander Amy Bauernschmidt, USN; Captain Paula Taibi, USMC; Irene Marr; the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; the Institute for Inclusive Security; and the amazing team at National Defense University (NDU) for their indispensable assistance, especially Neyla Arnas for her steadfast and consistent shepherding of this project from conception to publication. At NDU Press, we thank Dr. William T. Eliason, Dr. John J. Church, and Joanna E. Seich for their work in publishing this book in both traditional and electronic formats. We particularly thank Dr. Jeffrey D. Smotherman for his dedicated work as lead editor on this project, as well as Marco Marchegiani of the U.S. Government Printing Office Creative Services Division for his original book design and layout.
Airman 1st Class Litza De Jesus puts on protective gear prior to rescue exercise, March 2014 (U.S. Air National Guard/Matt Hecht)
For contributing chapters, we thank Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.); former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Donald Steinberg; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Representative Mari Skåre; Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.); Commander Scott T. Mulvehill, USN; Ambassador Rick Barton; Cindy Huang; Jane Mosbacher Morris; Ambassador Princeton N. Lymon; President and former United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet; General Carter Ham, USA (Ret.); Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.); Major General Patrick Cammaert; UN Under-Secretary-General Navanethem Pillay; Ambassador Luis CdeBaca; UN Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos; and Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd.
For their editorial input and research assistance, we thank Rear Admiral John Kirby, USN; Colonel Carolyn Washington, USA; Heather Bush; Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Leonelli, USAF; Lieutenant Commander Joseph Levy, USN; Susan Millar; Irene Fellin; Kim Feinstein; Rosarie Tucci; Amber Ussery; Margareta Schettler; Mayesha Alam; Jennifer Hawkins; Afiya McLaughlin-Johnson; Allison Lombardo; Crystal Sheridan; Tim Mulvey; Jane Sigmon; Ann Erb-Leoncavallo; Pablo Castillo-Diaz; Isha Dyfan; Veronica Birga; Kate Burns; Matthew Cochrane; and Clare Doyle.
Much has been accomplished, but there is more work to do. This book is intended to further the discussion on, and understanding of, the role of women in fragile, conflict-affected, and postconflict settings. This book is a tribute to the great efforts to engage women globally as equal partners in all aspects of peace and security.