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DCAF | Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance

DCAF's Tool 6 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa addresses the contribution of civil society to democratic security sector governance. It deals with the gaps in knowledge and skills that hinder effective involvement of West African civil society actors in public oversight of the security sector. Additionally, it provides CSOs of the region with practical advice and guidance on how to strengthen their capacity for action and optimise the impact of their contributions to SSR and SSG.


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Policy and Research Papers

Toward a Realistic and Responsible Idea of Stabilisation

Stability - The International Journal of Security and Development reflects on the idea of stabilisation and presents two conceptual frameworks that address institutional and budgetary designs. Furthermore, it introduces what a responsible idea of stabilisation would be, arguing that a narrow understanding of the term that seeks to mitigate acute situations of crisis marked by extreme political volatility and violence is already ambitious enough.

Warring Brothers: Power Struggle and the Fate of Reforms in Iraq

The Arab Reform Initiative discusses the various challenges in Iraq in reaching an agreement over the composition of a new cabinet given the multiple actors that are involved. It identifies three type of actors and explores their interactions with external powers, and argues that the liberation of Iraqi territories under the control of the Islamic State seems to be the top priority of the Iraqi prime minister and the foreign/regional powers supporting him.

Why Security Sector Reform has to be Negotiated

How can the challenges facing the implementation of Security Sector Reform be overcome? The Center for Security Studies proposes dialogue, negotiation, and mediation as the leading strategies through which issues such as lack of technical capacity, limited political will, tensions within socieites, or donors ignoring the given context and imposing their own agendas can be mitigated. 


War in Yemen

International Crisis Group's video showcases Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula April Longley Alley. She provides a detailed account of the developments in the civil war that has been ongoing in Yemen since 2015. She also discusses the current position in which the warring parties stand and the role that the UN is playing in arranging peace negotiations.



Health, victimisation and SSR

New question on the importance of considering medical and psychological support as a full part of SSR programmes. What influence can traumatic experiences and victimisations of the population have on SSR? Are there any examples where SSR included health and victimisation issues? Log in to engage with this forum question.


Innovations in the Colombian Peace Process | Tuesday 05 July 2016 | 18:00 - 19:00 | London

The results of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF) and Conciliation Resources' work in Colombia will be presented at Chatham House. The creative approaches that have been developed by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be discussed, as well as the possibility of extending these to other contexts. 

The Evolving Role of Brazil’s Supreme Court | Wednesday 06 July 2016 | 10:00 - 12:00 | Washington

Brazilian Minister José Antonio Dias Toffoli of the Supreme Federal Tribunal will give a presentation at the Wilson Center where he will address the role of the court in dealing with the investigations and prosecutions of important actors in the country. This event will launch the lecture series on the Rule of Law in Brazil.

International Drug Control versus International Security and Peace: From similar objectives to diverging outcomes | Wednesday 06 July 2016 | 12:30 - 14:00 | Geneva

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy will host a panel that will discuss the effects of the inability of the war on drugs to prevent drug use and reduce its effects on international peace and security. The evidence shows that the ‘threat-based’ response to certain drugs has created some of the world’s greatest security threats.


Local Reform Adviser | OSCE | Kiev | Deadline: 07 July

Principal Public Information Officer (D-1) | DPKO | Field Position | Deadline: 09 July

Programme Officer – Rwanda and Burundi (PO-RB) | Interpeace | Nairobi | Deadline: Until position is filled.