The Role of Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration in Countering Violent Extremism

By Dean Piedmont, Centre for Security Governance
June 30, 2015

DDR in the Congo. Photo: MONUSCO.

DDR in the Congo. Photo: MONUSCO.

The classic approach to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) is faltering in an environment that now includes violent extremism and transnational mercenaries. Countering violent extremism and de-radicalization must be integrated within DDR. As has been seen by the number of well-educated and middle-income recruits to violent extremist organizations, DDR must refocus its goal from socioeconomic reintegration to social cohesion as a precondition to sustainably reintegrate former fighters.

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Security Topics: Security Sector Governance