Chapter

Old and New Tactics of War

Jacqui True

in The Political Economy of Violence against Women

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755929
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755929.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations

Old and New Tactics of War

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Chapter 7 describes the problem of sexual violence in war and armed conflict and international definitions and responses to it. UN security interventions to protect against mass sexual violence in war failed to adequately conceptualize sexual violence during war as part of the continuum of gender-based violence that transgresses familiar soldier-civilian, male-female, state-nonstate perpetrator, and war-peace boundaries and thrives under conditions of globalized conflict, significantly hampering any violence protection efforts. Using the example of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is revealed how economic and political mechanisms linked to global processes, including competition over resources, struggle for economic and political power, and the reproduction of militarized masculinities through war and profit, contribute to sexual violence against women in this conflict-affected society. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the practical implications of this political economy analysis for international operations that seek not only to protect against or prosecute the perpetrators of this violence but also to prevent it in the long run.

Keywords: sexual violence; resources; UN; war; conflict

Chapter.  8634 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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