Understanding the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers as an Early Warning Indicator

Despite attempts to define early warning, a precise and comprehensive definition of what constitutes early warning is still elusive. The international community has made steps towards adopting a strategy of early warning to prevent and disrupt the outbreak of mass atrocities and violent conflict, yet it still reacts to conflict already underway. It is possible that our failure to prevent and react to conflicts is directly correlated to our failure to protect children and prevent their deliberate use and abuse in armed conflict. How can we find solutions to prevent deadly conflict and mass atrocities through improvement of our approaches to prevent the use of children as soldiers

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June 2015


Dr. Shelly Whitman, Sam Holland