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Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration in Southern Africa

Swords into Ploughshares?


Part of the Rethinking Political Violence book series (RPV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa
    Pages 1-13
  3. Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa
    Pages 33-96
  4. Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa
    Pages 97-132
  5. Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa
    Pages 133-170
  6. Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa
    Pages 171-181
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-213

About this book


This book is a critical comparative reflection of the post-colonial conflict Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. It offers an up-to-date comparative analysis of how specific analytical elements that transcend state boundaries shaped DDR in the three southern African countries. The author explores structural and organizational frameworks, target groups, state leadership in DDR, linkages between DDR and SSR in nation and state building, and types of post-conflict violence. The volume draws on fieldwork including interviews with policy makers and government officials as well as ex-combatants and experts to provide valuable insights into how post-colonial conflict DDR can provide knowledge crucial to understanding and addressing the problems of post-conflict peace building in Africa. The book is aimed at academicsresearchers and students working on Southern Africa; African and Western policymakers concerned with problematic post-conflict situations on the continent, where improvising DDR processes will be vital to success; as well as the general reader interested in political, security and other developments in the region. It will be of use in postgraduate courses in the inter-related fields of international relations, comparative government, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Freelance Peace and Security ResearcherJohannesburgSouth Africa

About the authors

Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa is a freelance researcher and writer. Previously, he was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies and Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa and has taught at Rhodes and Wits Universities. Gwinyayi is co-editor of Peacebuilding, Power and Politics in Africa (2012) and Region Building in Southern Africa (2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration in Southern Africa
  • Book Subtitle Swords into Ploughshares?
  • Authors Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa
  • Series Title Rethinking Political Violence
  • Series Abbreviated Title Rethinking Political Violence
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-60548-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86885-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-60549-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 213
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African Politics
    Conflict Studies
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