chapter  9
16 Pages

Security after conflict

ByPaul Jackson, Danielle Beswick

This chapter outlines the complex area of justice and security following conflict. It focuses on the large subject of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), which forms the core of activities that immediately follow conflict in most places. The chapter explores the nature of security and justice in post-war situations, including the growth of crime and other security problems along with the establishment of systems to tackle justice issues. It focuses on different perceptions of justice and the role of the International Criminal Court, international justice, transitional justice and local perceptions of justice. Violence does not usually end with the signing of a ceasefire agreement. Whilst the main protagonists may be sincere in their desire for a peaceful solution to a conflict, it is difficult to control all local commanders, many of whom may be seeking to do well personally out of the conflict situation.