What I wrote for Bulgari’s Rewrite the Future Campaign

Increased potency of UN peacekeepers
New military branch of humanitarian forces
Restructured food/aid programs
Infrastructure investment
International nation-building?

War torn nations face dozens of obvious problems in terms of stability and state viability, but one that is often overlooked is the plight of children which are raised knowing nothing but the sounds of gun fire and explosions. In order to ensure a future for these children, this brief outline of a plan in multiple phases is presented in what I think is the best way to create a future of peace and prosperity for the children of war.

Phase 1: Increased potency of UN peacekeepers
One of the biggest initial problems that arises from war-torn nations is the continuation of violence. In an effort to eliminate this problem, I propose increasing the potency of UN peacekeepers that may be deployed to these crises zones. Allowing increased use of force and available materials, the UN peacekeepers can expand the missions they are presented with to include the protection of civilian populations and the elimination of threats to stability. Expansion of Peacekeeper potency means an increase in international support and political will must occur at the planning stages of the UN mission and throughout the deployment schedule, but, if countries across the world are devoted to the cause of rescuing the children of war, then granting these increased powers should be a primary goal. Once granted, peacekeepers will be better able to defend the charges which they are there to protect in the first case, which will greatly benefit regional security.

Phase 2: New military branch of humanitarian forces
While the UN peacekeepers can provide a certain level of stability, the UN is a stop-gap measure. A new branch of military forces, either based on single country deployments, or an international force, must be formed. The mission would be a long reaching one with more civilian implications that military ones. The primary goal of this new military force would be humanitarian aid. They would be trained in infrastructure development and maintenance, development of food aid and training programs to grant the domestic population a variety of economic skill sets, and they would have the power to intervene for the domestic population should threats to stability arise. In short, this new branch of military forces would be engineers, firefighters, teachers, doctors, lawyers, construction workers, etc … and would also be trained fighters to defend the humanitarian mission which they would embark on. This new corps would provide long term expertise and development raining to teach the new generations of war torn countries the skills necessary for stability and prosperity when the children of war become the generation of adults in which the fate of the country rests.

Phase 3: Restructure food/aid programs
One of the blights on the record of food and aid programs in war torn regions is that corrupt governments, which both incite violence against their own populations, and do nothing to stop ongoing violence, also gain the most from food and aid programs. A new method of aid must be developed with an emphasis on the aiding countries taking necessary steps to ensure that the aid that is sent makes it to the hands of the people that need it most. This may involve working around host government or finding non-governmental organizations based within the crises region which do not have ties with the government in question. However, the restructuring of aid programs is necessary to ensure that the children that need it are indeed getting the food, medicine, and supplies that will help them survive.

Phase 4: Infrastructure investment
Once the crises zone has stabilized to the point that full development can begin, international investment in the war-torn country should begin in earnest. Ideally, both the UN and the humanitarian military forces will provide enough security and stability that investment can begin in earnest. With an influx of foreign capital, both domestic and international firms can begin the revitalization of the war torn country.

Once all of these phases have been initiated and completed, the children of war-torn countries will have a new future. They will have the necessary military forces present to insure their safety, they will have the necessary expertise available to them for their own education as they become the adults that will provide the life force of the country, and they will have the investment and aid that they need to rebuild their shattered homeland. By providing first security, then aid, and then investment, the children of the war-torn countries will be granted a rare second chance, the chance to grow up in a secure environment, to be educated by experts from around the world in myriad fields, and to take what they have learned and put it to work providing themselves and their fellow countrymen and women a better future than the one they inherited in their early lives.

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