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Child soldiers as peace-builders in Colombian peace talks between the government and the FARC–EP

Martuscelli, PN; Villa, RD; (2018) Child soldiers as peace-builders in Colombian peace talks between the government and the FARC–EP. Conflict, Security and Development , 18 (5) pp. 387-408. 10.1080/14678802.2018.1511164. Green open access

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Abstract

Children, especially girls, are considered victims in armed conflicts. Children who participate in conflicts, as combatants, sexual servants, spies, informants and messengers, may be considered perpetrators of atrocities. These two classifications of children in armed conflicts do not consider their roles as agents who may also participate in peace-building efforts. This paper analyses how children involved in armed conflicts are classified and represented in the current peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People’s Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia–Ejército del Pueblo). We aim to understand if children are recognised in this peace process as participants and, in some capacity, as peace-builders. Dialoguing with the literature on critical security studies and childhood studies, we conduct a critical discourse analysis of the peace agreement documents. The study of the Colombian case enables an empirical analysis in which child soldiers are categorised as victims with the possibility of participating in peace-building and, at the same time, as potential challengers to the peace process.

Type: Article
Title: Child soldiers as peace-builders in Colombian peace talks between the government and the FARC–EP
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2018.1511164
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14678802.2018.1511164
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127052
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