An assessment of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration training: The case of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre

Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of combatants is a vital process in the international community's approaches to seting the ground work for the recovery of post-conflict states. This thesis explores a sample of DDR programmes and evaluates a core training programme. The first chapter examines the DDR process and provides an overview of the critical components. Chapter Two prov ides a review of current U.N. IDDRS standards, with emphasis on placing the DDR process within the conflict cycle and identifying gaps. Chapter Three explores how Canadian military, police and civilian peacekeepers are trained to contribute to a national DDR strategy, with a detailed assessment of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre's DDR course. Chapter Four elaborates where training could be altered to make the delivery of DDR more effective in providing the secure environment for the sustainable reintegration of excombatants. Chapter Five concludes with a summary of basic principles and observations surrounding the training of DDR practitioners.