Jessica Trisko Darden on Reframing Gender and Political Violence
On Target: an EGF Conversation
War can shake up traditional gender dynamics, or it can reinforce the status quo. In times of conflict, gender can also be a potent source of propaganda. In this episode of On Target, host Zuri Linetsky is joined by Jessica Trisko Darden, an expert on the relationship between international development, gender, and political violence. Jessica helps us debunk and reconsider the many myths and stereotypes that influence how we think about women fighters in the ongoing war in Ukraine and other conflicts.
As global news headlines race from one story to the next, the line between fact and speculation is often blurred. At the same time, the dynamics driving international relations often get ignored. On Target unpacks the most pressing issues of the day, from nuclear weapons to US foreign aid. Zuri invites EGF’s nonresident fellows to break down their research and apply it to today’s most critical foreign policy debates.
Jessica Trisko Darden is an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University and a nonresident fellow at the Eurasia Group Foundation. Jessica is also the author and co-author of several books, including Aiding and Abetting: US Foreign Assistance and State Violence (2019).
Zuri Linetsky is a research fellow at EGF, whose research focuses on US grand strategy in Asia and US security sector assistance.
- Izabela Steflja and Jessica Trisko Darden, Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, and Justice (Stanford University Press, 2020).
- Jessica Trisko Darden, Alexis Henshaw, and Ora Szekely, Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2019).
- Jessica Trisko Darden and Izabela Steflja, “When Women Commit War Crimes,” War on the Rocks, October 28, 2020.
- Jessica Trisko Darden, “In Ukraine and Other Conflicts, Measuring the Human Cost is Important. It’s also very Difficult,” The Washington Post, March 11, 2022.
- Ora Szekely, “Exceptional Inclusion: Understanding the PKK’s Gender Policy,” in Terrorism, Gender, and Women, ed. Alexandra Phelan (Routledge, 2020).