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    Dean Piedmont graduated from Denver University’s Graduate School of International Studies in 2002, now the Korbel School, with an MA in International Administration.  Since then he has become a seasoned program and policy expert in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, recovery livelihoods, and reintegration specializing in DDR for 12 years including economic, political, psychosocial, social reintegration, youth and gender.  He has served with government, bilateral and NGOs including 10 years with UNDP from 2004-2014.  Prior to entering UNDP, Dean worked with the Research Triangle Institute in Iraq leading institutional assessments for youth government departments, directed humanitarian operations for NGOs in northern provinces of Afghanistan, as well as served in Sierra Leone as a DDR Program Manager for the Child Protection Unit with The International Rescue Committee.  Upon entering UNDP, he served from 2004-2006 in Afghanistan as the DDR Deputy Senior Programme Advisor assisting in the development of the Commander Incentive Programmes, SALW and Heavy Weapons Reduction Projects and the Disbandment of Illegally Armed Groups effort.  While in South(ern) Sudan in 2007-2008, he held the positions of DDR Deputy Regional Coordinator under the direction of DPKO and Specific Needs Group Reintegration Manager under UNDP.  In 2009, Dean joined UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in HQ New York where he held a portfolio of 22 DDR and related stabilization programs globally.  He served as the lead training coordination and facilitator partnering with DPKO, the World Bank, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Norwegian Defense College, The Monterey Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies and the KAITPC in Ghana.  As the reintegration focal person for BCPR he co-chaired the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR, marshaling several Integrated DDR Standard modules through production and validation.  Dean spearheaded UNDP’s efforts in political reintegration and armed group transformation, until he left UNDP at the end of 2014 to take a position as the Managing Director for the Peacebuilding, Reintegration and Stabilization Assessment Group.  In this capacity he continues to support DDR, Reintegration and countering violent extremism (CVE) working with US Government the UN and World Bank.  He also designs and teaching courses as an adjunct professor in US based universities, as well as redesigns curricula for peacekeepers oriented towards CVE and asymmetric conflict environments.

    Degrees Held:

    MA in International Adminstration

    Professional Affiliations:

    National Peace Corps Association

    Recent Publications:

    From War to Peace, From Soldiers to Peacebuilders: Interim Stabilisation Measures in Afghanistan and South Sudan

    From War to Peace, From Soldiers to Peacebuilders: Interim Stabilisation Measures in Afghanistan and South Sudan

    From War to Peace, From Soldiers to Peacebuilders:  Interim Stabilization Measures in Afghanistan and South Sudan – Interim Stabilization Measures provide innovative and quick impact stability results, complementary to a DDR effort. An ISM may also be created for the purposes of creating a ‘holding pattern’ for beneficiaries in a dedicated military like structure until the security environment has achieved the preconditions related recovery, development and peace building conditions conducive to a successful DDR program. In both the cases of Afghanistan and Sudan ISMs were used structurally and strategically to facilitate the DDR efforts within a broader SSR context. The following paper illustrates how both strategic and structural ISMs were used in South Sudan and Afghanistan to facilitate ex-combatant reintegration, and the role Mine Action can play in DDR efforts.



    The use of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) as a post-conflict and peacebuilding tool by the United Nations (UN) and major international actors has proliferated since the 1980s. Evolving from a practice addressing state-centric security to one focused on development goals, DDR is entering a new phase — third generation political reintegration. In this phase, the UN Security Council is issuing mandates in environments where mercenaries, foreign fighters and terrorists increasingly dot the conflict landscape. In this setting, countering violent extremism (CVE) and DDR have started to intersect globally. Currently, there is no policy guidance governing DDR and CVE. DDR continues to be guided by the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS) while CVE focuses on foreign fighters from Europe and North America who return home. Disaggregating the three generations of DDR since the 1980s, this brief offers policy makers concrete and actionable measures addressing the DDR-CVE interface for foreign fighters who do not return and undergo DDR. It offers recommendations for DDR in CVE as a conflict prevention tool and, in doing so, shifts towards social reintegration as a primer for socio-economic reintegration accompanying the notion of political agency and transformation of non-state armed groups. Taken together, these offer an innovative policy framework addressing DDR and CVE.

    This article was published in June 2015 in the Centre for Security Governance SSR 2.0 Briefs series. These briefs explores the ongoing evolution of the security sector reform concept and related conflict & peacebuilding issues. The series is aimed at policy makers and practitioners by contributing to ongoing debates and providing practical recommendations for policy and programming.


    Research Interests:

    Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security Sector Reform (SSR), Countering Violent Extrmism (CVE), Peacebuidling and Reintegration