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Practitioner short course in Monterey, CA on nexus Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants & Security Sector Reform (SSR)


The Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies is pleased to present:
"Exploring the DDR/SSR Nexus" A Short Course for Practitioners

December 6 - 9, 2010 Monterey, California, USA
Cost: There is no tuition or conference fee.
CSRS will cover the costs of lodging at the program site for practitioners from non-governmental organizations, governmental civilian agencies, and inter-governmental organizations. (Representatives of the defense/armed forces community (including civilian employees) must pay their own lodging.) Gratis lunch provided to all on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
CSRS does not have funds available to cover costs of transportation to and from Monterey, California, for this event.

Course over-view:
While practitioners and policy makers have often tackled the challenges associated with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants and a nation's Security Sector Reform (SSR) as separate aspects of post-conflict reconstruction, it is becoming increasingly clear that coordinating these activities will help achieve success in each area. To enhance the understanding of the complex relationship between DDR and SSR, this course will explore the DDR/SSR nexus through a series of expert presentations, case studies, group work and plenary discussions.

Course Objectives:
* Explore the major tensions, challenges and overlaps within the DDR/SSR nexus to identify practices that can ensure the success of each effort.
* Review the new Integrated DDR Standards' (IDDRS) policy guidance on the relationship between DDR and SSR.
* Identify the roles that different communities/agencies play in DDR and SSR, and how activities can be coordinated within the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR and among other practitioners for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
* Expand professional networks among the communities involved in DDR and SSR activities.

Who Will Attend:
Approximately 45 representatives from civilian government agencies, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations and the armed forces will attend. Participants should be mid to senior level representatives from their communities with policy-making and/or experience working in the field.

The workshop will consist of a series of panel presentations, plenary discussions and small group exercises to meet the learning objectives. Additionally, a reception and group meals will support professional networking and in-depth dialogue.

Mr. Cornelius (Kees) Steenken and Mr. Nicholas Tomb will serve as Course Directors. They will act as the lead designers and facilitators of the course and will be accompanied by subject matter experts from course participants and the field.

Specific Dates: Workshop begins, 6 pm Monday, December 6 and concludes at 5 pm on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

Travel: All international and domestic participants should plan to arrive for course registration by 5 pm on Monday, December 6, 2010. All are welcome to arrive early or depart late, but CSRS will not be able to cover additional accommodation expenses.

Accommodations: The event will be held at a local hotel (to be announced) where participants from outside of Monterey will be housed.

CSRS Contact: Nick Tomb, ntomb (at) nps.edu, 831-656-1829.

Application: We anticipate demand for this course will exceed capacity. Admission decisions will be announced on a rolling basis starting October 1, 2010 until all seats are filled. The application period will close on October 15, 2010.

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