This book explores the conditions under which non-state armed groups (NSAGs) participate in post-war security and political governance.
The text offers a comprehensive approach to post-war security transition processes based on five years of participatory research with local experts and representatives of former non-state armed groups. It analyses the successes and limits of peace negotiations, demobilisation, arms management, political or security sector integration, socio-economic reintegration and state reform from the direct point of view of conflict stakeholders who have been central participants in ongoing and past peacebuilding processes.
Challenging common perceptions of ex-combatants as "spoilers" or "passive recipients of aid", the various contributors examine the post-war transitions of these individuals from state challengers to peacebuilding agents. The book concludes on a cross-country comparative analysis of the main research findings and the ways in which they may facilitate a participatory, inclusive and gender-sensitive peacebuilding strategy.
Post-War Security Transitions will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, security governance, war and conflict studies, political violence and IR in general.
Table of Contents
General Introduction Part I: Security Transition Processes in Post-War Societies 1. DDR and SSR: Conventional Approaches to International Peacebuilding Assistance Mark Knight 2. Defecits and Blindspots in Existing Approaches to Post-War Security Promotion Veronique Dudouet, Hans J. Giessmann and Katrin Planta Part II: Colombia Introduction 3. The M19's Reinsertion Process: Challenges and Lessons Learnt Otty Patino, Vera Grabe and Mauricio Garcia Part III: South Africa Introduction 4. Political and Security Negogiations and Security Sector Transformation in South Africa Gavin Cawthra 5. South Africa's Experience of Military Integration through Interactive Negogiation and Planning Aboobaker Ismail Part IV: El Salvador Introduction 6. The Guarantees of Security: The FMLN and the Salvadoran Peace Process Julio Martinez Part V: Northern Ireland Introduction 7. Agents of Change- Ex-Prisoners, Ex-Combatants and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland Kieran McEvoy Part VI: Kosovo Introduction 8. Demobilising and Integrating a Liberation Army in the Context of State Formation: Kosovo's Perspective on Security Transition Ramadan Qehaja, Kosum Kosumi, Florian Qehaja, Armend Bekaj Part VII: Burundi Introduction 9. The Process of Security Transition in Burundi: Challenges in Security Sector Reform and Combatant Integration Julien Nimubona and Joseph Nkurunziza Part VIII: Sudan Introduction 10. Linking DDR, Security Sector Development and Transitional Justice in Southern Sudan William Deng Deng Part IX: Aceh Introduction 11. Guns, Soldiers and Votes: Lessons from the DDR Process in Aceh Agus Wandi 12. The Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Post-War Aceh: Remaining Challenges to a Gender-Blind Planning and Implementation Process Shadia Marhaban Part X: Nepal Introduction 13. The Challenges of Security Sector Restructuring in Nepal Khagendra Neupane 14. Challenges of Combatants' Rehabilitation and Army Integration: Perspectives from Maoist Cantonments in Nepal Kiyoko Ogura Part XI: Comparative Analysis and Lessons Learnt 15. Security Transitions in Perspective Veronique Dudouet and Katrin Planta Conclusion Véronique Dudouet, Hans J. Giessmann and Katrin Planta
Véronique Dudouet is senior researcher at Berghof Conflict Research in Berlin. She obtained a PhD in conflict resolution at the University of Bradford, UK.
Hans J. Giessmann is the Director of Berghof Conflict Research in Berlin, and is the author of over 300 articles, books and essays.
Katrin Planta is research assistant at Berghof Conflict Research, and is currently preparing her PhD dissertation.