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|Title:||Conflict Security and Development Series: The Causes of Child Soldiering and Forced Recruitment|
||Featuring Chris Blattman, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics, Yale University; 2009-10 visiting fellow at NYU Wagner and 2010-11 visiting fellow at NYUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Department of Politics.
Theories of child soldiering are as numerous as the theorists. In theory rebel leaders forcibly recruit lower-ability children under specific circumstances: when punishment and supervision are cheap, when childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s other options are bad, and when rebel groups are poor. To understand which mechanisms dominate in practice, Chris Blattman will discuss interviews and surveys of former members of UgandaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Resistance Army and the evidence that suggests that children are more easily indoctrinated and disoriented than adults. His analysis will confirm the findings on a new Ã¢â‚¬Å“cross-rebelÃ¢â‚¬Â dataset and results that suggest new strategies for combating child soldiering.
|Author:||NYU Wagner Office of International Programs|
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