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Blog | Running out of excuses: better security and justice programs are within reach

Security and justice programmes in fragile societies face particularly difficult conditions, and need to interact dynamically with their environment. Erwin Van Veen highlights key characteristics, ranging from political engagement to long-term commitment, to facilitate this interaction. He also suggests three concrete steps that senior decision-makers can take in the next few years to improve security and justice programmes. 


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Policy and Research Papers

Tunisia: Transitional Justice and Fight against Corruption

The International Crisis Group analyses the tensions surrounding Tunisia's fight against corruption and "revolutionary justice" measures. Can a renewed commitment by the political class on transitional justice prevent the further spread of corruption and defuse the risks of polarisation in the country? (Full report only in French, executive summary available in English).

Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific: China and the Emerging Order in the East and South China Seas

Exploring the different perspectives on statehood in the maritime domain and the related risks, Dr. Kun-Chin Lin and Dr. Andrès Villar Gertner evaluate in this Chatham House Research Paper the South China Sea context. They find four varying dimensions of tensions: geostrategic balance, national identity politics, regional and domestic institutions, and international maritime law.


Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches 

This annual International Human Rights Network (IHRN) training programme aims at enhancing the skills of justice sector personnel, consultants, managers... in applying human rights-based approaches to Justice Sector Reform. It will take place in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth during five days at the end of June.

Other Documents

The Political Dynamics of Security in Fragile States

Clingendael's Senior Research Fellow Erwin van Veen looks at the connection between the exercise of political power and the organisation of security in fragile societies. From the port of Karachi to the periphery of Nairobi, whose interests do state security organisations serve: their own institutional interests, the maintenance of the elite's political power, or the security of the population?



Conflict and Peace in Colombia | Tuesday 17 May 2016 | 13:00 - 14:00 | London

Chatham House is hosting David Kilcullen and Dickie Davis who will discuss their research presented in A Great Perhaps – Colombia: Conflict and Convergence. Their book covers the government's strategies during the past 15 years to weaken guerrilla groups and extend its authority to the majority of the countryside and revitalise the Colombian economy.

NATO’s Warsaw Summit and Beyond | Wednesday 18 May 2016 | 15:00 - 19:00 | Brussels

Join the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in their seminar where international experts will discuss some of the large issues confronting NATO. This event will seek to already look beyond the NATO Summit that will take place in Warsaw in July of this year. 

Wrongful Convictions and Judicial Reform in China | Friday 20 May 2016 | 14:45 - 15:45 | London

After researching the wrongful convictions that occur in mainland China, He Jiahong will present his findings during this Chatham House event, and comment on the causes for this situation and discuss the judicial reform process that is currently taking place in the country.


Senior Civil Military Coordinator/Adviser - P4/P5 | Jordan | CANADEM | Deadline: 14 May 2016

National Protection Programme Officer | Kabul | UN Women | Deadline: 16 May 2016

Research Assistant (50-60%) | Geneva | lnternational Code of Conduct Association | Deadline: 16 May 2016