Child Soldiering in Northern Myanmar: Dynamics and Challenges
Child soldering in Northern Myanmar is analysed in the context of international security and human insecurity issues. The lecture explains the background, development, and current context of child soldiering in Myanmar. In particular it analyzes the dynamics of post-2015 Myanmar, and explores alternative solutions to this issue. The lecture also discusses the difficulties of doing research on this topic, including the prevalence of uncleaned landmines along the Myanmar border, as well as the frequent occurrence of coordinated attacks against military and civilian targets. It also addresses the ways different types of documents and other sources were used for research.
Kai Chen is an assistant professor at the School of International Relations, Xiamen University, China. His principal research focuses on South-East Asia and human insecurity (e.g., child labor). He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, King's College London, National University of Singapore, Kyoto University, and Thammasat University in Thailand among others. He is the author of Comparative Study of Child Soldiering on Myanmar-China Border: Evolutions, Challenges and Countermeasures (Springer, 2014).