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The Impact of the Securitization of Children and Armed Conflict in the United Nations Security Council on the United Nations System

Emily Todd

Name: Emily Todd
Major: Political Science: International Relations
Minor: Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Kent Kille

This study explores the interactions between securitization, human security, the United Nations (UN) Security Council, the UN System, and Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC). Specifically, this study examines how the expansion of the SC’s agenda has changed the actions taken on thematic issue areas in the UN System over time. To better study this, CAAC is used as an area of focus to examine the effects of the expansion. This study hypothesizes that if CAAC is designated a thematic issue in the UN SC, then it is securitized and results in increased actions taken on and prioritization of CAAC. Process tracing is used to analyze the relationship between the CAAC as an issue in 1996 to its designation as a thematic issue in the SC in 1999 and its securitization as well as the effects in the UN System from until 2005. The securitization of CAAC when it was designated a thematic issue expanded the SC’s agenda and changed how CAAC was approached by the UN System with increased the actions taken on and prioritization of CAAC. This occurred through data collection practices, document production and receiving, and the content of the documents themselves.

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Posted in Comments Enabled, Independent Study, Symposium 2022 on April 26, 2022.


4 responses to “The Impact of the Securitization of Children and Armed Conflict in the United Nations Security Council on the United Nations System”

  1. Angie Bos says:

    Great work on your IS and presentation, Emmy. This is an impressive project that I know will serve you well in all your future endeavors to change the world! And I’m glad I got to have you in a class this semester! Best, Prof. Bos

  2. Kent Kille says:

    Great job, Emmy, keep spreading the good word about research on the UN!

  3. Emily Davis '20 says:

    AMAZING thesis Emmy!!! This is incredibly relevant given the increase in children in armed conflict today. Do you have any prescriptions for the UN or the US to help mitigate violence against children? How would you get people to “care”?

  4. Emily Todd says:

    Thank you so much Emily! I would say that spreading wider the statistics of violations of children that the issue area gathers is a good place to improve upon. I didn’t realize the full extent of children who experience violence until I began to work on this issue.

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