Book Review: The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon

By Katherine Elizabeth Dillon

Armed conflict is undergoing a swift transition from traditional warfare between government militaries to vague, undefined violence occurring inside and outside state borders, against civilians, aid workers, companies, and other targets. The line between combatant and civilian is blurring, which requires militaries, humanitarian aid workers, intelligence communities, and development professionals to devise new approaches for protecting peace and defending global security. In The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Shannon Beebe and Dr. Mary Kaldor examine this transition from one paradigm into another. Through their extensive professional experiences working in peacekeeping and conflict resolution around the world, Beebe and Kaldor construct an impressive argument for the reform of military and peacekeeping instruments in order to more effectively respond to evolving security threats.

About the author:
Katherine Dillon is a second-year graduate student in the International Development Studies program at the Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in Humanitarian Assistance. She currently works on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline as a Spanish interpreter for victims of sex and labor trafficking. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Katherine worked for local non-profits, international non-governmental organizations, and multilateral organizations in the United States, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica on projects that address the vulnerabilities of displaced persons, migrants, and refugees. She is most interested in programs that pursue innovative methods to provide emergency assistance to high-risk and often-overlooked populations during crises.

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