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Managing Fighting Forces: DDR in Peace Processes

Managing Fighting Forces: DDR in Peace Processes

Kelvin Ong | Politics
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Providing guidance on the mediation and negotiation aspects of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs, this toolkit lays out eight detailed steps that mediators can take to establish appropriate linkages between DDR and other aspects of a peace process. This handbook is part...

Traditional Authorities’ Peacemaking Role in Darfur

Traditional Authorities’ Peacemaking Role in Darfur

Jérôme Tubiana, Victor Tanner, et al | Politics
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As broader peace efforts have faltered, the international community has increasingly focused on the capacity of local communities in Darfur to regulate conflict in their midst. This report examines the traditional justice system in Darfur and points to challenges facing traditional authorities, as...


Informal Justice and the International Community in Afghanistan

Informal Justice and the International Community in Afghanistan

Noah Coburn | Human Rights
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Informal justice is an often debated yet poorly understood concept in Afghanistan. Generally, it refers to a series of mechanisms, such as local councils (shuras and jirgas), that are outside of the state’s direct control—though not necessarily beyond its influence and that are used to resolve...

Sensing and Shaping Emerging Conflicts

Sensing and Shaping Emerging Conflicts

Andrew Robertson and Steve Olson | Politics
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A variety of technologies from cell phones and the Internet, to satellites and sensors are transforming the possibilities for ameliorating conflict and creating opportunities for peace building. Rapid increases in the availability and utility of various communications devices are creating new...

Domestic Barriers to Dismantling the Militant Infrastructure in Pakistan

Domestic Barriers to Dismantling the Militant Infrastructure in Pakistan

Stephen Tankel | Politics
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Pakistan will continue to find it difficult to counter militancy more vigorously in its territory, and U.S. officials urging the country to make greater efforts should fully understand the obstacles. One is the Pakistan security establishment’s penchant for supporting militant groups it believes...


Counterinsurgency, Local Militias, and Statebuilding in Afghanistan

Counterinsurgency, Local Militias, and Statebuilding in Afghanistan

Jonathan Goodhand and Aziz Hakimi | Reference
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Arming local defense forces in Afghanistan has had mixed and often perverse effects on the security of local populations, according to this study on the role and impact of the Afghan Local Police in three provinces. These findings suggest that, as international forces draw down, the ALP will...

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) | Health
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Healthy eating and regular physical activity play a substantial role in preventing chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, the three leading causes of death among adults aged >18 years (1–5). Poor diet and physical inactivity among younger persons can lead to an increased...

Emerging Infectious Disease

Emerging Infectious Disease

D. Peter Drotman | Health
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The journal’s highly popular fine-art covers are contextualized with essays that address how the featured art relates to science, and to us all.


Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis

Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis

Kenneth V. Lanning | Reference
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This manual is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or professional opinion on specific facts. Information provided in this manual may not remain current or accurate, so recipients should use this manual only as a starting point for their own independent...

You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone

U.S. Department of Justice | Human Rights
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The journey from abduction to empowerment.

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