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Counting Civilian CasualtiesAn Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict$
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Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson, and Baruch Fischhoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977307.001.0001

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Moving toward More Accurate Casualty Counts

Moving toward More Accurate Casualty Counts

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(p.285) 14 Moving toward More Accurate Casualty Counts
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Counting Civilian Casualties
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Jay D. Aronson

Baruch Fischhoff

Taylor B. Seybolt

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977307.003.0014

Accurate records and estimates of civilian casualties are essential to the strategic peacebuilding that should follow conflicts. Creating such casualty records requires strong political resolve and strong science. The chapter summarizes the scientific progress detailed in preceding chapters, as well as some of the political obstacles to implementation. It concludes with a call for an international convention on recording civilian casualties in times of war, to be supported by the scientific and material resources needed to conduct the work with the quality and the dignity that it deserves.

Keywords:   civilian casualties, methodology, peacebuilding, casualty records, casualty estimation

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