Humanitarian Traces of
Angelina Jolie

Suggestions for topic-related books


                                Rape Warfare: The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia ( 1996)                              

Beverly Allen uses this book as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the ways in which rape was used during the conflict in the Balkans. While examining the military policy of rape for the purpose of genocide, Beverly Allen is adamant that sexualized violence must be understood not as a side effect of war, but as a strategic weapon, born of deeply rooted sentiments of misogyny and nationalism. 

Beverly Allen is an author, lecturer and teacher in the humanities and spiritual traditions.


                                 Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones ( 2007)                              

Born of War examines the human rights of children born of wartime rape and sexual exploitation in conflict zones worldwide. Detailing the multiple impacts of armed conflict on these children's survival, protection and membership rights, the case studies suggest that these children constitute a particularly vulnerable category in conflict zones. They often face risks such as discrimination, infanticide, loss of health care, education and other rights guaranteed to all children under international law.

Charli Carpenter is a human security analyst with expertise in international law, laws of war, war crimes, human rights, humanitarian affairs and global issue


                                 Evil Men ( 2013)                              

We think of torturers and rapists as “evil,” but here, James Dawes explores what makes a man carry out horrendous acts. Dawes, the director of the program of human rights and humanitarianism at Macalester College in Minnesota, interviewed elderly Japanese war criminals from the Second Sino-Japanese War. The accounts convey just how intricate the experiences are for everyone experiencing the horror of war—even the perpetrators. Dawes confronts questions about the responsibilities of witnesses, storytellers, and readers when it comes to trauma, suffering, and shame.

James Dawes is a writer and professor at Macalester College in the Twin Cities.


                                 Sex and World Peace ( 2014)                              

A powerful read, Sex and World Peace draws a clear connection between the security of women and the security of the state, challenging conventional security beliefs and suggesting that only when violence against women is addressed can state security be meaningfully achieved. Using extensive data, the authors offer a multilevel analysis of violence against women and its consequences on the state. The book closes with a series of policy recommendations on how to effectively harness these challenges and improve security—for women and nations.

Valerie M. Hudson is an American professor of political science in the Department of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University


                                  Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict ( 2011)                              

Focusing on contemporary wars, Leatherman examines the causes, consequences, and responses to sexualized violence in wartime as well as the factors that motivate people to commit such atrocities. Reflecting on the agency of women and girls in the context of war, she provides a nuanced analysis of factors like masculinity, patriarchy, normalized violence, and systemic attacks. The book closes with a particular emphasis on possible action to improve outcomes for victims at all levels: rehabilitation, reintegration, and reconciliation.

Janie L. Leatherman is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at Fairfield University.


                                  On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process ( 2011)                              

The authors put forward a compelling exploration of violence against women in post-conflict settings. Untangling societal, political, and cultural influences, they argue that improving the status of women in postwar settings would serve not only to improve their lives but would ultimately benefit citizens of the state, thus ensuring a more durable peace in transitioning countries.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is an Irish academic lawyer specialising in human rights law.  


                                  Sexual Violence in Africa's Conflict Zones (African Political, Economic and Security Issues) ( 2011)                              

Civilians in Africa's conflict zones, particularly women and children, are often vulnerable to sexual violence, including rape, mutilation and sexual slavery, carried out by government security forces and non-state actors. While such abuses are by no means limited to Africa, weak justice systems in many African states can mean that victims have little legal redress. This book examines the issue of sexual violence in African conflicts and reports on the programs Congress seeks to address them through legislation, hearings, and other congressional actions.

Jordan A. Prescott


                                 Wartime Sexual Violence: From Silence to Condemnation of a Weapon of War ( 2017)                              

Reports of sexual violence in armed conflict frequently appear in political discussions and news media, presenting a stark contrast to a long history of silence and nonrecognition. Conflict-related sexual violence has transitioned rapidly from a neglected human rights issue to an unambiguous security concern on the agendas of powerful states and the United Nations Security Council. Through interviews and primary-source evidence, Kerry F. Crawford investigates the reasons for this dramatic change and the implications of the securitization of sexual violence.

Kerry F. Crawford is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at James Madison University.