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 academics, researchers 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.
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).
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Conceptualizing Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Processes.- Chapter 3: Zimbabwe: DDR by Trial and Error.- Chapter 4: Namibia: Creating a time bomb.- Chapter 5: South Africa: Demobilization into the cold.-Chapter 6: Conclusion.