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Ex-Combatant Reintegration and Post-Conflict Violence Against Women in Colombia JESSICA KIM POLITICS Advisor: Anna Harvey CLICK TO READ Does ex-combatant demobilization increase post-conflict violence against women? Research on contemporary reconstruction strategies suggests the plausibility of this relationship, but with varying explanations and only using qualitative evidence. In 2003, the Colombian government implemented a Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) program through the Santa Fé de Ralito peace agreement with members of the paramilitary group, United SelfDefense Forces of Colombia (AUC). A five-year lagged firstdifference regression was used on values from nationallyrepresentative health surveys of Colombian women in 2005 and 2010 to test the effect of AUC ex-combatant presence in a given municipality on changes in municipality-level measures of selfreported domestic violence. The regression results indicated some significant increases in measures of psychological 158

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