By Philip Caputo
In March 1965, Marine Lieutnant Philip J. Caputo landed in Danang with the 1st flooring strive against unit devoted to struggle in Vietnam. 16 months later, having served at the line in a single of recent history's ugliest wars, he again domestic - bodily entire, emotionally wasted, his younger idealism shattered. A decade later, Caputo may write in A Rumor of conflict, 'This is just a narrative approximately struggle, concerning the issues males do in warfare and the issues battle does to them'.
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Though security sector reforms focused largely on reforms to state security institutions, the shift in discourse towards extending matters of security beyond the conﬁnes of the state paved the way for citizens and civil society actors to become involved in the security realm. The role for civil society actors was to act as watchdogs on state security institutions, as advocates for reform and as sources of technical expertise both for states with weak capacity and for civil societies starting to engage in security sector reform work.
The notion of connectivity and the need for global approaches implicit in the human security agenda were to be harnessed for the purposes of a new global ﬁght against terror. Development’s foray into security gave rise to new programmes, projects, specialist units and staff, and dedicated resource ﬂows. For example, in 2000 a new foundation was established, namely the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, to promote security sector reforms. New conﬂict and post-conﬂict units employing specialist staff mushroomed in bilateral and multilateral development institutions.
Dedicated conﬂict analysis NGOs such as International Alert, Conciliation Resources, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo and the United States Institute for Peace also emerged as inﬂuential actors in their own right by providing detailed analysis of conﬂict dynamics and actors. By 2001 the term ‘peace-building’ was broadened again to also cover addressing the causes of conﬂict and thereby brought development and democracy promotion within the scope of peace-building5 (Hanggi, 2005, pp.
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo