Building Trust and Capacity: Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration to Transition Pro-Government Non-State Armed Groups
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Governments attempting to counter insurgent threats often lack the authority, influence, and control to counter these threats, creating what some have described as ungoverned spaces. A number of governments seek alliances with non-state armed groups that emerge from these conflicts. How can governments transition non-state armed groups from war to peace The implementation of a Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration DDR program provides an effective method for building government trust and transitioning war-torn societies towards peace. The United Nations developed a model to assist countries with this process, which it described in the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards IDDRS. The application of the UNs IDDRS model to three case studies in Sierra Leone, Oman, and Colombia demonstrates its usefulness. The challenges involved in implementing a DDR program also offer considerations for leaders as they evaluate and develop alliances with non-state armed groups.
- Government and Political Science