Child Security in Asia
The Impact of Armed Conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar
Routledge – 2013 – 218 pages
Millions of children around the world are affected by conflict, and the enduring aftermath of war in post-conflict societies. This book reflects on the implications of children’s insecurity for governments and the international humanitarian community by drawing on original field research in post-conflict Cambodia and in Burma’s eastern conflict zones.
The book examines the way that politics and discourses of security and child protection have further marginalised rather than enhanced the protection of children. In Cambodia, threats from trafficking, exploitative labour, and high levels of domestic and social violence challenge the government and the international humanitarian community to respond to the new human security terrain that is the legacy of three decades of political violence. Burma has endured over 60 years of insurgency and civil conflict in ethnic minority states, significantly affecting children who are recruited into armies, killed, maimed or tortured, and displaced.
Analysing the theoretical and practical challenges faced in addressing children’s security in global politics, the book offers a novel framework for responding to the politics of protection that is at the heart of this crucial issue. It is a useful contribution to studies on Asian Politics and International Relations and Security.
Introduction 1. Childhood, Security and Protection: Concepts and Theoretical Approach 2. Locating Children in Global Politics: A Political Sociological Approach 3. Conceptualising Child Security: Rights, Agency, Participation and Protection 4. Power, Protection and the Discourse of Security in Cambodia 5. Post-Conflict Governance and Child Protection in Cambodia 6. Conflict, Militarization and Displacement: Child Insecurity in Myanmar 7. Responding to Child Insecurity in Myanmar and the Borderlands: The Protection Gap 8. Conclusion: The Politics of Protecting Children and Implications for Security Analysis
Cecilia Jacob is Visiting Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. Her research interests include the politics of civilian protection, critical security and children, with a focus on South and Southeast Asia.