Shooting at the Wrong Target: A Response to Van Creveld

Authored by: Jean Bethke Elshtain

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Region: No Region
Year: 2000
Citation: Elshta, Jean Bethke. "Shooting at the Wrong Target: A Response to Van Creveld." Millennium: Journal of International Studies 29, no. 2 (2000): 443–448.

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Executive Summary

The author responds to a piece written by Martin Van Creveld that aims to convince readers that 1) militaries are in decline and the ‘feminisation’ of militaries is either a symptom or cause of this; and 2) that the absoprtion of women into armed forces cannot be interpreted as a ‘gain’ for women in terms of gender equality. Pulling experiences from her research, including her book Women and War (New York: Basic Books, 1987) she presents a counter argument to his main thesis.