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Community Counts: The Social Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Colombia

38 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2012 Last revised: 21 Sep 2016

Oliver Kaplan

University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Enzo Nussio

Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

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Date Written: June 21, 2013

Abstract

What explains the social reintegration of ex-combatants from armed conflicts? Community- level programs to reintegrate ex-combatants into society are based on the theory that the participation of ex-combatants in their communities can promote reconciliation and minimize recidivism to illegal activities. We evaluate community and security-related opportunities for and constraints on social reintegration using a survey of ex-combatants from Colombia. We find ex-combatants in more participatory communities tend to have an easier time with social reintegration and feel less of a need to organize among themselves. These findings suggest that to help ex-combatants, reintegration processes should also work to improve the social vibrancy of receptor communities.

Keywords: community, reintegration, DDR, social capital, Colombia, civil war

Suggested Citation

Kaplan, Oliver and Nussio, Enzo, Community Counts: The Social Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Colombia (June 21, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2138188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2138188

Oliver Kaplan (Contact Author)

University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International Studies ( email )

Denver, CO 80208
United States

Enzo Nussio

Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich ( email )

Haldeneggsteig 4
Zurich, Zurich 8006
Switzerland

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