Children at War

ISBN-10: 0520248767
ISBN-13: 9780520248762
Edition: 2006
Authors: P. W. Singer
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

From U.S. soldiers having to fight children in Afghanistan and Iraq to juvenile terrorists in Sri Lanka to Palestine, the new, younger face of battle is a terrible reality of 21st century warfare. Indeed, the very first American soldier killed by hostile fire in the "War on Terrorism" was shot by a fourteen-year-old Afghan boy.Children at Waris the first comprehensive examination of a disturbing and escalating phenomenon: the use of children as soldiers around the globe. Interweaving explanatory narrative with the voices of child soldiers themselves, P.W. Singer, an internationally recognized expert in modern warfare, introduces the brutal reality of conflict, where children are sent off to fight in war-torn hotspots from Colombia and the Sudan to Kashmir and Sierra Leone. He explores the evolution of this phenomenon, how and why children are recruited, indoctrinated, trained, and converted to soldiers and then lays out the consequences for global security, with a special case study on terrorism. With this established, he lays out the responses that can end this horrible practice. What emerges is not only a compelling and clarifying read on the darker reality of modern warfare, but also a clear and urgent call for action.

Peter Warren Singer graduated with a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned his Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University. Previous career experiences include working for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. He also served as the Defense Policy Task Force coordinator for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Singer is the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and was the youngest scholar named a Senior Fellow by the Institution. He has written the following books about contemporary warfare: Corporate Warriors, Children at War, and Wired for War. Corporate Warriors, about private companies providing services to the military, was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association. Children at War, which examines the role of child soldiers, was recognized as the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. Wired for War became a New York Times bestseller in the first week of its release and focuses on current technologies being used in warfare, including robotics. Singer is a frequent consultant and commentator and has written numerous articles for major publications including the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and World Policy Journal, as well as spoken on the radio and appeared on television.

Author's Note
Children at War
Children and War
It's a Small World After All: Child Soldiers Around the Globe
The Process and Results of Child Soldiers
The Underlying Causes
How Children Are Recruited into War
Turning a Child into a Soldier
The Implications of Children on the Battlefield
The New Children of Terror
Responding to the Child Soldier Problem
Preventing Child Soldiers
Fighting Children
Turning a Soldier Back into a Child
Looking Ahead
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict
Notes
Index

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