'This impressive volume offers readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of militia groups and signal a number of innovative ways to promote local security.'
Robert Muggah, Research Director of the Small Arms Survey, Switzerland
'Based on extensive fieldwork, Alden, Thakur and Arnold's analysis of the social basis of militia groups makes a genuine contribution to the growing body of literature questioning conventional DDR models.'
Alice Hills, Chair of Conflict and Security, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds
'This book sheds new light on how to cope with the challenge posed by militias in conflict environments, drawing on local research in southern Sudan and the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Afghanistan and Timor-Leste.'
Sumantra Bose, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
'Unique in the coherence and rigour with which it approaches this under-theorised and under-researched issue.'
Tim Edmunds, University of Bristol