This paper provides an overview of the issue of ex-combatants and violence as it exists in the southern African region. The paper shows the scale, incidence and consequences of the various roles of ex-combatants and veterans in violence in transitional societies. The paper aims to compare and explore: militarized masculinity and its impact on violence; the processes of demobilization, demilitarization, reintegration and rehabilitation; issues of identity and trauma; and the role of weapons.
Dr. Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa is an International Relations lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, with research and teaching interests in comparative government; African peace and security; Democracy, Governance and Peacebuilding; International Relations and International and Regional Organizations. He graduated with a DPhil from the University of the Witwatersrand.