Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace: Silencing the Guns

Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace: Silencing the Guns

by Chris Alden, Monika Thakur, Matthew Arnold
     
 

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Militias have proven to be an enduring obstacle to peace in war zones around the world. Linked variously to atrocities against civilians or international criminal elements, these groups occupy an uncertain and deeply controversial position in the changing landscape of conflict. Their diversity of form, unorthodox nature and sheer numbers make achieving short-term… See more details below

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Militias have proven to be an enduring obstacle to peace in war zones around the world. Linked variously to atrocities against civilians or international criminal elements, these groups occupy an uncertain and deeply controversial position in the changing landscape of conflict. Their diversity of form, unorthodox nature and sheer numbers make achieving short-term stability and an enduring peace consistently difficult. Bringing together four intensively researched case studies - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan and Sudan - Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace argues that the international community's 'cookie-cutter' approach to demilitarization is ineffective at meeting the myriad of challenges involving militias. In doing so, the authors propose a radical new framework for demilitarization that questions conventional models and takes into account the reality on the ground.

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“Alden, Thakur and Arnold have done a service to the fields of security studies and peace studies. This book sheds new light on how to cope with the challenge posed by militias in conflict environments, drawing on local research in southern Sudan and the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Afghanistan and Timor-Leste.” — Sumantra Bose, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

“This impressive volume combines cutting-edge theoretical insights with original qualitative findings from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Timor-Leste. Taken together, Alden, Thakur and Arnold offer readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of militia groups and signal a number of innovative ways to promote local security.” — Robert Muggah, Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Research Director of the Small Arms Survey, Switzerland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780321172
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
03/10/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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