PhD Defense – Randolph Wallace Rhea – CPS’ First PhD Candidate


Thesis “Ex Combatant Reintegration in the Great Lakes Region: Processes
& Mechanisms, Trajectories & Paradoxes”

The doctoral thesis explores the social and economic processes through which
members of armed groups in the Great Lakes region of Africa reintegrate into socie-
ty after prolonged periods participating in violent conflict. My analysis is based on
survey data of the experiences of nearly 10,000 excombatants, and the communi-
ties they return to, across five countries Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, DRC, and
Congo. My findings carry direct implications for planning and evaluation of Disarma-
ment, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) programming in the region.

The thesis can be found Here