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Reintegrating armed groups in Afghanistan

7 March 2014 Four programs for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of armed groups in Afghanistan have been undertaken since 2001, but they have reflected a piecemeal approach and produced limited results. A comprehensive DDR effort in the future is unlikely to work unless a settlement includes all armed groups, and the reintegration of … Continue reading

Disarmament and rearmament in Helmand

6 January 2014 On a visit to Helmand in mid-December, UK Prime Minister David Cameron stated that when British troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of next year, they will have accomplished their main aim – leaving behind a basic level of security. But a new report by the Pentagon (1) tells a different … Continue reading

Transition in Uruzgan

12 June 2013 “Only the dead see the end of war”. The encryption on the monument for fallen foreign soldiers in Camp Holland, the main international military base in Uruzgan, might end up a sad prediction for many inhabitants of this southern province. As foreign forces prepare to leave, Uruzganis are ever more worried about … Continue reading

Research on Reintegration of Taliban

“The formal reintegration process doesn’t offer people much at the moment,” said Deedee Derksen, a Dutch researcher who’s written on the subject for the U.S. Institute of Peace and other think tanks. “They can’t guarantee security, and the lack of security relates to the fact that the program is not embedded into a broader political … Continue reading

Talking with the Taliban

<a href=”https://deedeederksen.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/deedee11.pdf”>Talking with the Taliban</a>