This course aims to bring together mid-level practitioners, policy makers, researchers and donors from around the world to share experiences and develop a common understanding of possible and innovative approaches to (re)integration and improving community security. Best practice is shared by a pool of experienced trainers, and further explored and challenged by the participants. The course will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July 2019.
While reintegration programming has a history of over three decades and many lessons are learned, the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of members of so-called extremist groups is one of the new and complex challenges of today’s peacebuilding efforts. This course at the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) at the Naval Postgraduate School examines the reintegration of ex-combatants during or at the end of violent conflict - one of the most difficult yet important elements for stabilization and a successful transition from war to peace. This course also explores the rehabilitation, de-radicalization and reintegration of both foreign fighters returning to their country of origin, and members of domestic violent extremist groups.
Increasingly, both governments and international organizations recognize that veterans deserve recognition and appreciation. Importantly, it is more and more recognised that veterans can be effective agents of change, drawing upon their experience, skills and extensive networks. The provision of proper capacity development support in the field of Peace and Security can equip veterans, and their organisations, to become effective agents of change, and thus, contributing significantly to the solution of conflicts in their communities, countries and internationally. In addition, an increased set of skills could facilitate many of them to find meaningful jobs and with positive social impact after their military career, something that remains challenging in many countries around the word.