First Advisor

Lindsey Benstead

Date of Award

Spring 6-18-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and University Honors


Political Science




Women and peace -- Middle East, Women -- Political activity, Arab-Israeli conflict, Conflict management




Scholars of peace and conflict studies have begun to investigate the impact the inclusion of women has on the success of peace talks that seek to resolve violent conflict. Many of these scholars have found that when women are included at the negotiating table, the likelihood for the conflict to come to a peaceful conclusion increases. With the historical, religious, and cultural nuances, this paper seeks to apply the existing research on this subject to that of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This paper first analyzes the positionality of women within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically looking at access to power, then applies the research of previous scholars to argue why the inclusion of a greater number of women in peace talks would increase the likelihood of a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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