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16 Feb 2007 description

Author: Stephanie Hanson, Copy Editor

Introduction

The proliferation of UN peacekeeping operations coincides with an increase in UN-led programs to disarm and disband warring parties, as well as reintegrate ex-combatants into civilian life. "Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration," or DDR programs as they are known to practitioners, have featured in post-conflict reconstruction from Afghanistan to Haiti. But the bulk of DDR interventions-twenty-four since 1992-have occurred in Africa.