"Because of its clear and accessible style, gripping content, and intersectional focus, this book should be required reading for scholars and policy-makers as well as students in a number of different areas. While it seems targeted at peace and conflict courses, it would also be excellent in gender studies (clearly introducing gender in the context of armed conflict), human rights (highlighting women’s human rights), and international relations generally, (addressing the “new wars”). It could also contribute strongly to international ethics (comparing an ethics of care with the responsibility to protect) and international political economy (introducing the “plunder/profit” model)." Abigail E. Ruane, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy (forthcoming).
"While the title of this book is quite focused, the book itself is broad. That is one of its charms. It does not seek a narrow agenda that documents and theorises "the event" of sexual violence in armed conflict. Instead, it draws the reader's attention to a range of relevant debates about what enables gendered violence. These include debates located in the fields of conflict analysis, feminism, global studies, international relations, international political economy, international legal studies, global ethics, social activism and the list goes on. In this sense, the work is truly interdisciplinary." Katrina Lee-Koo, Global Change, Peace and Security Vol. 24, No. 1 (February 2012). Author Affiliation: Australian National University.
"The volume is a rich one, illustrated with historical and current conflict examples from around the globe to advance a sophisticated argument about the interconnectedness of gendered power relations, social norms, economic injustice and personal, structural and cultural violence...It is worth the investment for those interested in understanding the considerable body of scholarly and development practitioner work that has emerged on this important topic especially since the passage of UN Resolution 1325 in 2000." Jones Nicola, Journal of International Development Vol. 24, Issue 1 (January 2012). Author Affiliation: Overseas Development Institute, London.
"It is Leatherman's thorough and engaging critique of neoliberal globalization and its political economy of violence that is the most particularly compelling aspect of her book." Shannon Heit, Women's Studies International Forum Vol. 30 (2012). Author Affiliation: Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea.
"Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict is an impressive and important book, gripping, but very readably written in a clear style. It should be read by all interested in international politics and human rights, including scholars and policymakers." Frank Barnaby, Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2011). Author Affiliation: Stockbridge, Hants, UK.
"Leatherman’s new insights into the causes and consequences of sexual violence during war, also linked to the global political economy, are a welcome addition to the debate on sexual violence and armed conflict. Her specific focus on large multinational companies as the driving force that encourages and maintains stereotypes of hegemonic masculinity adds a provocative dimension to the debate." Alexandra Caro, Journal of Peace, Conflict and Development 18 (December 2011). Author Affiliation: McGill University.
"An impressive piece of work. This book deserves its position as the megaphone helping those working in the field to it its voice." Kirsty MacAlpine, The Kelvingrove Review, Issue 8 (2011). Author Affiliation: University of Glasgow.
The merit of this book lies in the important links it makes between the perpetration of sexual violence and the political economy of armed conflict, which enables the trafficking of ‘war zone commodities’ such as diamonds, gold, oil, timber, guns, drugs, and even people. Complicit in this illicit trade and rent-seeking are foreign investors, multinational companies, and even aid agencies such as the UN. This connection is key because it further implicates our shared responsibility in preventing these atrocities." Midori Kaga, Development Policy Review Vol. 29, No. 6 (2011). Author Affiliation: University College, London.
“...there are potentially valuable lessons to be gleaned from Leatherman’s examination of the intersections between gender, conflict, and global economies. Such study might encourage gender based–violence practitioners and policy makers to engage with decision makers from sectors not generally enlisted to support the fight against sexual violence, such as those having power and control over global markets.” Lindsay Stark, DrPH JAMA, August 3, 2011—Vol. 306, No. 5. Author Affiliation: Program in Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York
"Leatherman not only reframes our concept of war, but of politics in general. She offers innovative insights in her explorations of legal accountability and social responsibility, of prevention and healing for sexual violence. A must-read book: courageous, groundbreaking, riveting, essential."
Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame
"This is international relations at its best. Conceptually sophisticated, Janie Leatherman's book elucidates the factors that lie behind sexual violence in armed conflict: inequalities, structural injustices, and hyper-masculinity. I recommend it highly."
Valentine Moghadam, Purdue University
"This book makes a valuable contribution to understanding the complexity of sexual violence in modern war and to countering the silence and denial associated with it."
Patrick W. Kelley, Director, Boards on Global Health and African Science Academy Development, Institute of Medicine