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Priority and goal assessment of demining objectives for meeting international treaty obligations

Nealon, Rory P. (2013) Priority and goal assessment of demining objectives for meeting international treaty obligations.

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Abstract:Humanitarian demining addresses one of the world's most evil and indiscriminate killers, landmines and other Explosive Retirements of War. The Ottawa Convention to Ban Anti-personnel landmines, is an almost universally adopted treaty prohibiting their use, production, stockpiling, as well as committing its signatories to remove all landmines in its territory within 10 years. However, the states partied to this treaty have a high rate of noncompliance with a majority requesting extensions on their clearance deadline. Iraq's clearance deadline in 2018 is fast approaching. With a complex security and political environment as well as a large contamination problem, Iraq faces steep challenges in trying to meet its deadline. By establishing the beliefs and views of Iraqi humanitarian mine action stakeholders on what is good and what is not good for compliance, this study will propose Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) to assist stakeholders, and the program at large, in meeting its treaty deadline. Q methodology, a quantitative method to elicit beliefs, was used to establish different belief groups within the program's stakeholders. Using factor analysis and then rotating these factors, four distinct groups of thought were found. With grid-group theory, these belief groups further analyzed to allow for the proposal of appropriate SDSSs and contexts in which to use them in. Keywords Q Methodology, Mine Action, Humanitarian Demining, Ottawa Convention, Compliance
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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