Do child soldiers influence UN Peacekeeping?

Bakaki, Zorzeta and Hinkkainen, Kaisa (2016) Do child soldiers influence UN Peacekeeping? International Peacekeeping, 23 (4). pp. 540-567. ISSN 1353-3312

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The use of child soldiers in conflicts has received increasing academic attention in recent years. This article examines post-conflict periods to see whether the use of child soldiers mobilizes United Nations peacekeeping operations (UN PKO) in the aftermath of a conflict. Taking into consideration how child soldiers affect conflict and how important their reintegration is to sustainable peace and post-conflict development, we analyse whether the presence of child soldiers in a civil war increases the likelihood of the presence of a PKO. We argue that the UN deems a conflict with child soldiers as a difficult case for conflict resolution, necessitating a response from the international community. This is in line with our empirical results confirming that the use of child soldiers significantly increases the likelihood of peacekeeping.

Keywords:UN Peacekeeping, Child soldiers, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L252 War & Peace studies
L Social studies > L250 International Relations
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:13 May 2016 09:11

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