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Security, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation

When the Wars End, 1st Edition

Edited by Muna Ndulo

UCL Press

354 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This key text brings together a team of leading contributors to address the complex issues of security reconciliation and reconstruction in post conflict societies.

Security, Reconstruction and Reconciliation is organized into four main sections:

  • the social, political, and economic dimensions of conflict
  • the impact of conflict on women and children
  • reconstruction and past human rights violations
  • disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, post-war reconstruction and the building of a capable state and the role of the international community in the peace process.

The chapters offer a detailed and succinct exposition of the challenges facing post conflict societies by articulating the vision of a new society. With a foreword by Francis Deng, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, the authors discuss the issues in the context of possible solutions and lessons learnt in the field.

This new book is a valuable resource for researchers, policy makers and students in the fields of conflict resolution, security studies, law and development.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors



List of abbreviations


Muna Ndulo

PART I: The social, political, and economic dimensions of conflict

1 - Arms trafficking and the local political economy of conflict

William Reno

2 - HIV/AIDS, conflicts, and security in Africa

Obijiofor Aginam

3 - Transparency and accountability in the use of petroleum revenues: a fundamental ingredient for security, reconstruction, and reconciliation in Africa’s booming petro-states

Ian Gary

4 - Protecting and reintegrating displaced women and children postconflict

Erin Mooney

PART II: Impact of conflict on women and children

5 - The impact of civil war on women and children in Africa

Meredith Turshen

6 - Security and reconstruction in Africa: role of Security Council Resolution 1325, Women, Peace and Security

Sherrill Whittington

7 - Progress and hurdles on the road to prevent the use of children as soldiers and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration

Ilene Cohn

8 - Enhancing the role of women in processes in postconflict countries: constitutional and legislative measures

Muna Ndulo

PART III: Reconstruction and past human rights violations: healing the nations

9 - Truth commissions versus prosecutions: an African perspective

Mark Kende

10 - Justice for whom? Assessing hybrid approaches to accountability in Sierra Leone

Chandra Lekha Sriram

11 - Victims’ responses to truth commissions: evidence from South Africa

David Backer

PART IV: Disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, post-war reconstruction, and the building of a capable state and the role of the international community in the peace process

12 - Reconstruct governance to rouse Liberia, long forlorn

Byron Tarr

13 - The postconflict security gap and the United Nations peace operations system

Peter H. Gantz

14 - Africa’s security dilemma: national stability versus world security

Marcel Kitissou

15 - US security assistance and Africa: challenges of weapon sales and military aid

Matthew Schroeder

16 - Concluding Thoughts: after the fighting stops

Milton Esman


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General