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Do child soldiers influence UN Peacekeeping?

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

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Zorzeta Bakaki
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 08:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17484

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