Each year, the International Crisis Group, a leading international NGO that focuses on analyzing and resolving conflicts, releases a list of the top ten ongoing or potential conflicts in the world that are the key ones to watch that year.
Each of these conflicts and flashpoints has serious impacts on children, whether they are recruited and used as soldiers, targeted by state repression, subjected to hunger and depravation, exposed to extreme violence, or threatened with the looming prospect of nuclear war.
However, the ways that conflicts effect children and are affected by them are often not well understood, only researched in hindsight, or not treated as a key dynamic of the conflict. This gap in knowledge and will to respond leads to greater harm to children and therefore our collective future, misses important aspects of conflict, and narrows our ability to respond.
In order to address this gap, the Dallaire Initiative invites young members (those under 30) of the academic and practitioner communities to submit pieces examining some facet of the impact of conflict (whether ongoing or potential) in one or more of these areas of crisis. Papers should draw on existing academic and grey literature on the crisis of interest and on children and armed conflict to analyze current events, assess future prospects, and/or propose interventions. Papers examining gendered and racialized aspects of conflict and war, and using an interdisciplinary approach, are encouraged.
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