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Security, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation
When the Wars End

Edited By

Muna Ndulo

ISBN 9781844721177
Published June 1, 2006 by UCL Press
384 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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