Press Release

‘Mission Critical?’

October 9, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Ph.D., to Discuss Gender and the Military Oct. 24 at Ohio Wesleyan

DELAWARE, Ohio - Stéfanie von Hlatky, Ph.D., former director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, Ontario, will discuss “Gender Considerations in Military Operations: Mission Critical?” Oct. 24 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

In a recent op-ed co-authored for The Conversation, von Hlatky states: “[H]ighlighting the link between gender (as opposed to women) and operational effectiveness is necessary. When soldiers are on the ground, accounting for the roles played by women and men — and their unique needs and power differences — is critical to operational planning and securing lasting outcomes. Understanding how gender intersects with social and cultural factors leads to greater situational awareness.”

von Hlatky’s research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defense policy. She has utilized her research to write books including “American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry.” She also has published two edited volumes: “The Future of US Extended Deterrence” (with Andreas Wenger) and “Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions” (with H. Christian Breede).

She also has published research findings in a number of prestigious journals including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Defence Studies, International Journal, European Security, Études internationales, Asian Security, and the Journal of Transatlantic Studies.

Before joining Queen’s University, von Hlatky held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, and the Centre for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich. She also was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California.

Her visit is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program. Learn more about the program at

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