Child Soldiers in the Age of Fractured States (The Security Continuum) (Paperback)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822960294, 352pp.
Publication Date: January 31, 2010
The contributors seek to eliminate myths of historic or culture-based violence, and instead look to common traits of chronic poverty and vulnerable populations. Individual essays examine topics such as: the legal and ethical aspects of child soldiering; internal UN debates over enforcement of child protection policies; economic factors; increased access to small arms; displaced populations; resource endowments; forced government conscription; rebel-enforced quota systems; motivational techniques employed in recruiting children; and the role of girls in conflict.
The contributors also offer viable policies to reduce the recruitment of child soldiers such as the protection of refugee camps by outside forces, “naming and shaming,” and criminal prosecution by international tribunals. Finally, they focus on ways to reintegrate former child soldiers into civil society in the aftermath of war.
About the Author
Simon Reich is director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He is coeditor of Immigration, Integration, and Security: America and Europe in Comparative Perspective and Human Trafficking, Human Security, and the Balkans.
Praise For Child Soldiers in the Age of Fractured States (The Security Continuum)…
—Betty Bigombe, Distinguished African Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
—Karin Sham Poo, former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF
—Christopher Blattman, Yale University
“Diverse in its coverage and scope, managing to cover a number of methodological issues and offering something for all types of readers. The contributors’ anecdotal stories guide the reader through more complex issues of causality, philosophy and policy implications and strategies.”
—International Studies Review
“This volume provides critical insights into the practical, ethical, and theoretical underpinnings of the problem of child soldiers. The contributors blend evidence and argument to highlight the magnitude of the problem, and point to possible political steps to help reduce the frequency and ameliorate the consequences of using children in war.”
—Patrick Regan, Binghamton University