Postconflict Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration of Former Combatants in Southern Africa

  • Citation: Dzinesa, Gwinyayi A. “Postconflict Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration of Former Combatants in Southern Africa.” International Studies Perspectives 8, no. 1 (January 9, 2007): 73–89.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • disarmament
    • demobilization
    • reintegration
    • weapons

Postconflict disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe aimed at addressing problems of postconflict peace building. Differences among designs and designers of these subregional postconflict cases are well known. An overarching goal was the pursuit of peace and stability through the management of weapons and sustainable reintegration of ex-combatants. In all the different cases, DDR fell short of meeting this target with different impacts. Through an integrative focus sensitive to policy and context, this article draws on these shortcomings to contribute to this rapidly growing and internationally recognized important subfield of international relations.

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