1st Edition

Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War

Edited By Robert Muggah Copyright 2009
    312 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a critical analysis of the changing discourse and practice of post-conflict security-promoting interventions since the Cold War, such as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and security-sector reform (SSR)

    Although the international aid and security sectors exhibit an expanding appetite for peace-support operations in the 21st Century, the effectiveness of such interventions are largely untested. This book aims to fill this evidentiary gap and issues a challenge to 'conventional' approaches to security promotion as currently conceived by military and peace-keeping forces, drawing on cutting-edge statistical and qualitative findings from war-torn areas including Afghanistan, Timor Leste, Sudan, Uganda, Colombia and Haiti. By focusing on specific cases where the United Nations and others have sought to contain the (presumed) sources of post-conflict violence and insecurity, it lays out a new research agenda for measuring success or failure.

    This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, conflict and development and security studies in general.


    Foreword Jean-Marie Guéhenno  Introduction: The Emperor’s Clothes? Robert Muggah  1 Colombia’s Quiet Demobilization: A Security Dividend? Jorge Restrepo and Robert Muggah  2 Assessing Progress toward Demobilization and Reintegration in Sierra Leone Macartan Humphreys and Jeremy Weinstein  3 DDR in Liberia: Reviewing the Gap between Goals and Outcomes James Pugel  4 The Reintegration of Child and Youth Combatants in Northern Uganda: Myth and Reality Christopher Blattman and Jeannie Annan  5 Demobilization and Reintegration Dilemmas in Afghanistan Michael Bhatia and Robert Muggah  6 What the Veterans’ Say: Unpacking DDR Programmes in Timor-Leste Gordon Peake  7 Context Matters: Ethiopia's Demobilization and Reintegration Programme Robert Muggah and Jon Bennett with Aklu Girgre and Gebru Wolde  8 (Dis)integrating DDR in Sudan and Haiti? Practitioners Views to Overcoming Integration Inertia Robert Muggah, Desmond Molloy and Maximo Halty  9 Negotiating Reintegration: Dealing with Combatants During Peace Processes Robert Muggah and Anton Baaré  10 Transitional Justice and DDR Ana Patel  Conclusion Robert Muggah, Mats Berdal and Stina Torjesen



    Robert Muggah is Research Director of the Small Arms Survey at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.