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Title:Demilitarisation, Disarmament and Development in Southern Africa
Author:Willett, Susan
Year:1998
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:25
Issue:77
Period:September
Pages:409-430
Language:English
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
Angola
Subjects:disarmament
demobilization
Military, Defense and Arms
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056249808704323
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=403183B0FA145A1171BB
Abstract:Following the signing of a peace agreement between adversaries, a major preoccupation of peace building operations has been with the disarmament and demilitarization of a situation in order to avoid a potential return to conflict. In the southern African region these early stages of peace building in the beginning of the 1990s have been fraught with problems, partly because the peace builders have prioritized programmes that have focused on the symptoms of violence, notably militarism, rather than the underlying structural causes. Unless the deeper systemic problems that confront the region are dealt with, peace builders will find that attempts at disarmament, demobilization and demilitarization are only likely to secure temporary or limited success in the long-term pursuit of peace and stability. Much greater effort, therefore, needs to be made to link disarmament and demilitarization programmes in southern Africa to the broader goals of postwar economic reconstruction and sustainable development. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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