Civil Society Organizations' Networks of Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants

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Location: C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Nassim Abi Ghanem

Kroc Institute Scholar in Residence

Since the early 1990s, peacebuilding scholars and policymakers have been concerned with the resumption of hostilities and the breakout of mass violence in war-torn countries during post-conflict stages. Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) programs have been thought of as one tool that could help in avoiding “peace spoilers.” However, the record of success for these programs remains mixed. Ghanem’s lecture will demonstrate the necessity of exploring DDR programs initiated by local civil society organizations at the micro-level, contrary to the more macro-level internationally-oriented programs. Ghanem will explore the example of Lebanon which presents an interesting case to conceptualize how local DDR programs can better ensure long-term stability and peace.