Accessible and incisive, it will be an ideal resource for students of politics, security and conflict studies, as well as anyone interested in the dynamics of peacebuilding today.
Armed groups may not be easily dissuaded from pursuing belligerent activities which they see as both profitable and understandable behaviour
Attentive to the problems faced by practitioners, Eric Shibuya argues against a 'one size fits all' approach, emphasizing the importance of social and psychological contexts in fostering the trust that is necessary for DDR to succeed
Demobilizing Militias is the first comprehensive introduction to DDR in the contemporary world
Examining regions as varied as Africa, Asia and Central America, it guides readers through the different stages of the DDR process as well as assessing competing perspectives surrounding its implementation
In the face of these difficulties, the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration DDR attempts to convince combatants to relinquish their weapons and return to civilian life
It is a crucial first step towards lasting peace
Whatever political agreements may have been reached, conflicts are often at risk of reigniting, and the fates of their former participants remain uncertain