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    Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Programs, 1980-2018 (DDR-18)

    by  • February 5, 2020 • 2019-2020 Provost Digital Innovation Grant Winners, Digital GC, Provost's Digital Innovation Grants

    Project Name: Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Programs, 1980-2018 (DDR-18)

    Grantee: Sally Sharif

    Discipline: Political Science

    Funding Cycle: 2019-2020

    Project Status: In progress

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    Since their advent, Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) programs have been the most costly post-conflict programs to ensure peace, security, and stability, but their systematic study has been restrained by lack of comprehensive data. Analyzing a DDR program’s determinants of success or failure has mainly been done on the basis of case studies or limited, localized quantitative evidence, precluding a comprehensive study of determinants for program success or failure. To facilitate more rigorous research on determinants of DDR success, I have initiated developing the DDR-18, a pioneer global dataset of all DDR programs, starting in 1980 and ending in 2018. The dataset is innovative and one of a kind: it allows for quantitative analysis of a complex political phenomenon, whose study has been limited to single case studies so far. I have identified Seventy-two programs and presented as counting process data with yearly time-varying covariates and discontinuous risk intervals. DDR-18 covers three phases of every program: pre-DDR, DDR, and post-DDR. The pre-DDR phase focuses on characteristics of the conflict and groups; the DDR phase measures the extent to which peace program components are implemented; and post-DDR indicates country and group profiles five years after DDR termination. I have already coded 34 of the programs in the dataset and am going to use the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant to finish coding the dataset, ensuring inter-coder reliability and validity, and launch it. The Graduate Center will be the home base of the dataset and I will be responsible to maintaining it for the next ten years. The analysis of the data will allow better design and implementation of DDR programs in post-conflict settings, such as Iraq, Syria, Colombia, and Afghanistan, where the United States and other international actors have been investing with human and financial means to ensure peace and stability.

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