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Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants: the Irish Case in International Perspective

Rolston, B. (2007) Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants: the Irish Case in International Perspective. Social & Legal Studies, 16 (2). p. 259. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964663907076534

DOI: doi:10.1177/0964663907076534


This article surveys the literature on the global experience of demobilization and reintegration of combatants after wars end. It examines the factors that contribute to successful programmes. Among these, the two most frequently emphasized are the political will of all concerned to ensure the programmes work, and the active participation of ex-combatants in their own programmes of reintegration. The article then examines the situation in Ireland. In ways reintegration has failed, and for the same reasons as elsewhere. At the same time, the Irish case shows elements of success to match the best of reintegration programmes worldwide – not least the contribution of highly politicized ex-prisoners to their own reintegration and to conflict transformation more generally. These similarities have emerged in the relative absence of any involvement of the international community in demobilization and reintegration in Ireland, and indeed without direct comparisons made to good practice elsewhere.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:demobilization; ex-combatants; ex-prisoners; Northern Ireland; reintegration
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:5993
Deposited By: Prof Bill Rolston
Deposited On:12 Jan 2010 12:44
Last Modified:23 Jun 2015 10:31

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