Ex-Combatants and the Post-Conflict State: Challenges of Reintegration

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The reintegration of ex-combatants after conflict is a crucial peacebuilding task, but several challenges stand in the way of efforts to successfully assist ex-combatants after war. Drawing on extensive field research including nearly 200 interviews with policy practitioners, government officials, and ex-combatants themselves, this book critically examines these challenges by analyzing reintegration policy and outcomes in Namibia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

McMullin presents a troubling contradiction in the conventional wisdom about peacebuilding as it relates to ex-combatants: limited economic opportunities and short term assistance programs mean that 'reintegration' tends to be back into the poverty and marginalization that contributed to war in the first place. Can reintegration back into poverty be called successful?

This book will appeal to scholars of political violence, security studies, peacekeeping and peace building, transitional justice, social policy after war, and peace and conflict studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages329
ISBN (Electronic)9781137312938
ISBN (Print)9780230290990
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameRethinking Political Violence
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Ex-combatants
  • Reintegration
  • Peacebuilding
  • United Nations
  • Namibia
  • Mozambique
  • Sierra Leone
  • Liberia
  • DDR


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