Sabrina Karim Wins Prestigious Award for Women and Conflict Essay


Congratulations to Sabrina Karim, who recently won the Naval War College Women and Conflict Outcomes Essay Competition. Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, then provost of the Naval War College and now CEO of The Carter Center, worked with the Naval War College Foundation to establish the award “to encourage original and rigorous research on women’s roles in and impact on conflict resolution and peacebuilding.” According to Peters, “Scholarly research such as Sabrina’s deepens our understanding of the dynamics of peacebuilding institutions and the impact women may have on outcomes.” Karim, a doctoral candidate in Emory’s political science department, was presented with the award at the third-annual Women, Peace, and Security Conference, inspired by the 2011 United States National Action Plan of the same name. 

Karim’s award-winning essay, titled “When Women Serve and Protect in Post-Conflict Countries: Evidence from the Liberian National Police,” can be found here: [link]. She is the author of several articles, book chapters, and a forthcoming book, Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: The Need for Gender Equality in the Search for Quality Peace (with Kyle Beardsley). Her research focuses on conflict, security-sector reform, gender, and peacekeeping, and she has won numerous grants and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2012 she received support from an IDN Graduate Student Funding grant and an Emory Global Health Institute Field Scholars Award for research in Liberia on the security sector’s capacity to handle crimes of sexual and gender-based violence. Research results from this project were included in a report commissioned by The Carter Center’s Access to Justice in Liberia Program. Prior to attending Emory, Karim also received a Fulbright award to research women in the Peruvian National Police.

Please click here to learn more about Karim and other Emory graduate students’ work with The Carter Center–Liberia in summer 2012.

Please click here to read Karim’s biography and learn more about her research and teaching interests.

Photo: Sabrina Karim receiving award at the Naval War College on April 15, 2015. <l to r> Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe, president of the Naval War College; Admiral Michelle Howard, vice chief of Naval Operations; and John Odegaard, Naval War College Foundation

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