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Subject Resource Guide

Child Soldiers

February 2014
Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL

Air University Research
Relevant MSFRIC Journals & Magazines
Useful MSRIC Databases
Search Terms

Recent Books & Documents
Recent Articles

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Search Terms

"Child soldiers" AND "Children & War" AND Terrorism
"Child soldiers" AND "War - Social Aspects"
"Children and War"

"Participation, Juvenile" AND War
"Youth soldiers"

Useful MSFRIC Databases

Defense Technical Informational Center (DTIC)
IHS Jane's: World Insurgency & Terrorism

Military Periscope (Terrorist Organizations)

To access MSFRIC's complete list of databases, click here.


Child Soldiers International
Children and Armed Conflict. United Nations. Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General
Congressional Research Service (CRS)
IRIN: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

RAND Corporation
RUSI (Royal United Services Institute)
U.S. Department of Defense
War Child

Relevant MSFRIC Journals & Magazines

Recent Books & Documents

Child Soldiers as the Opposing Force (Des Enfants Soldats Comme Adversaires).  Neuilly sur Seine Cedex, France, North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Research and Technology Organization, January 2011.  100 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 41723-106 no.HFM-159

Child Soldiers in the Age of Fractured States, edited by Scott Gates and Simon Reich.  Pittsburgh, PA, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.  310 p. (Security Continuum)
Book call no.: 303.66083 C536

Dallaire, Romťo.  They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers.  Toronto, Canada, Random House Canada, 2010.  307 p.
Book call no.: 355.0083 D144t

Denov, Myriam.  Child Soldiers: Sierra Leoneís Revolutionary United Front.  New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010.  234 p.
Book call no.: 966.404 D413c

Drumbl, Mark A.  Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy.  New York, Oxford University Press, 2012.  239 p.
Book call no.: 355.0083 D795r

Eichstaedt, Peter H.  First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lordís Resistance Army.  Chicago, Lawrence Hill Books, 2009.  300 p.
Book call no.: 303.64083096761 E34f

Fergusson, James.  The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia.  Boston, Da Capo Press, 2013.  405 p.
Book call no.: 967.73053 F352w

Hansen, Stig Jarle.  Al-Shabaab in Somalia : The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist group, 2005-2012.  New York, Columbia University Press, 2013.  195 p.
Book call no.: 320.557096773 H249a

Hoffman, Danny.  The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2011.  295 p.
Book call no.: 966.404 H699w

Jones, Jeffrey J.  Countering Islamic Radicalization and Al Shabaab Recruitment Within the Ethnic Somali Population of the United States: An Argument for Applying Best Practices for Stemming Youth Gang Recruitment and Initiation.  Monterey, CA, Naval Post Graduate School, December 2010.  87 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42525 J774c

The Militarization of Childhood: Thinking Beyond the Global South, edited by J. Marshall Beier.  New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.  297 p.
Book call no.: 303.66083 M644

Oloya, Opiyo.  Child to Soldier: Stories from Joseph Konyís Lordís Resistance Army.  Toronto, Canada, University of Toronto Press, 2013.  217 p.
Book call no.: 355.0083 O52c

More books and documents on Child Soldiers. 

Recent Articles

Cheong, Pauline Hope and Halverson Jeffry R.  Youths in Violent Extremist Discourse: Mediated Identifications and InterventionsStudies in Conflict & Terrorism  33:1104-1123  December 2010.

Francis, David J.  'Paper Protection' Mechanisms: Child Soldiers and the International Protection of Children in Africa's Conflict Zones.  The Journal of Modern African Studies  45:207-231  June 2007.

Jasparro, Chris.  Generation Kill: Insurgent Youth Movements.  Jane's Intelligence Review  21:8-13  August 2009.

Jendruck, Evan.  Problem Child: Violent Protests Across Bangladesh Have Increased Dramatically Over the Past Two Months.  Jane's Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor, pp 10-11  May 2013.

Singer, P. W.  Children at WarMilitary History  24:50-55  September 2007.

Singer, P. W.  Western Militaries Confront Child Soldiers ThreatJane's Intelligence Review  17:8-13  January 2005.

Tonwe, Daniel A. and Eke Surulola.  State Fragility and Violent Uprisings in Nigeria: The Case of Boko HaramAfrican Security Review  22:232-243  November 2013.

Air University Research

"Al-Shabaab" "Child Soldiers"
"Children and War"


Barnes, Yvette D.  Killing Them Softly: At War with Children.  Newport, RI, Naval War College (U.S.).  Joint Military Operations Department, 2005.  23 p.

Emmons, Karen.  Adult Wars, Child Soldiers: Voices of Children Involved in Armed Conflict in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  Bangkok, Thailand, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, 2002.  81 p.

Euronews.  Kenya: Four Somalis Charged with Helping Terrorists Who Attacked Westgate Shopping Mall.  April 11, 2013.

Ezra.  San Francisco, CA, California Newsreel, 2007.  1 videodisc, 110 min.
Video call no.: 791.43658 E99

House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  Hearing: Al-Shabaab: How Great a Threat?  Washington, October 3, 2013.

IRIN: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  In-Depth: Youth in Crisis: Coming of Age in the 21st Century.  Africa-Asia: Youth at War: Dealing with a Generation.  February 13, 2007.

IRIN: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  Mali Takes Baby Steps Toward Protecting Former Child Soldiers.  October 11, 2013.

Kan, Paul Rexton.  Drug Intoxicated Irregular Fighters: Complications, Dangers, and Responses.  Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College (U.S.).  Strategic Studies Institute, 2008.  43 p.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.  New York, Macmillan Audio, 2007.  7 sound discs, 8.5 hr.
Audio call no.: 966.404 B365La

Military Periscope.  Al-Shabaab's Survival in Somalia.  Gaithersburg, MD, November 13, 2012.

Reuters.  U.S. Sanctions Rwanda, Others Over Child Soldiers.  Washington, October 3, 2013.

Somasundaram, Daya.  Collective Trauma in Northern Sri Lanka: A Qualitative Psychosocial-Ecological Study.  International Journal of Mental Health Systems  1:5  October 2007.

Tsilonis, Victor.  'The Thomas Lubanga Dylio Case: The Chronicle of a Trial Foretold.  Intellectum  Vol. 3  June 10, 2008.
May not be available on Maxwell .mil network.

United Nations.  Child Soldiers.  July 26, 2000.

Wiersing, Anja.  Lubanga and its Implications for Victims Seeking Reparations under the International Criminal Court.  Amsterdam Law Forum  4:21-39  Summer 2012.

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