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'New Wars': the Sierra Leone Case

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This paper describes what might be considered a traditional approach to teaching about war and briefly discusses how this description differs from today’s global reality. Contemporary conflicts are frequently described with the term “new wars.” Teaching about new wars allows instructors to incorporate a host of interesting and contemporary topics into their curriculum—topics that are not likely to be covered if war is studied in a more conventional way. I suggest using Sierra Leone as a case study for teaching about contemporary conflicts. I provide a brief student-friendly background to the Sierra Leone conflict and three lesson plans on issues that are highly relevant to the study of contemporary conflicts: one on humanitarian intervention, a second on the use of private militia forces, and a third on the issue of transitional justice. I incorporate the Sierra Leone case into each lesson.

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New wars, Sierra Leone, humanitarian intervention, private military force, transitional justice
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Parker, Sara. "'New Wars': the Sierra Leone Case" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, Feb 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245697_index.html>

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Parker, S. , 2008-02-22 "'New Wars': the Sierra Leone Case" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245697_index.html

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Abstract: This paper describes what might be considered a traditional approach to teaching about war and briefly discusses how this description differs from today’s global reality. Contemporary conflicts are frequently described with the term “new wars.” Teaching about new wars allows instructors to incorporate a host of interesting and contemporary topics into their curriculum—topics that are not likely to be covered if war is studied in a more conventional way. I suggest using Sierra Leone as a case study for teaching about contemporary conflicts. I provide a brief student-friendly background to the Sierra Leone conflict and three lesson plans on issues that are highly relevant to the study of contemporary conflicts: one on humanitarian intervention, a second on the use of private militia forces, and a third on the issue of transitional justice. I incorporate the Sierra Leone case into each lesson.

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