Policy and Research Papers
The challenges and lessons learned in supporting Security Sector Reform
The study from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) focuses on the potential and possible entry points for greater civil society engagement in the processes of supporting SSR. It resolves around three main objectives: providing an overview of SSR process, identifying challenges faced by SSR practitioners, and outlining the importance to engage civil society in the process.
Multi-layered Security Governance as a Quick Fix? The challenges of donor-supported, bottom-up security provision in Ituri (DR Congo)
Building security infrastructures based on Western models has been increasingly criticised by scholars and practitioners. External actors have become more aware of the need to include non-state security actors and to adopt a multilayered approach when it comes to SSR. From this perspective, the LSE Justice and Security Research Programme paper investigates the multilayered security governance in the Ituri province from DR Congo.
Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo
Another paper from the LSE Justice and Security Research Programme takes a close look at extra-legal popular violence in eastern DR Congo and at its possible explanation and prevention. This policy brief argues that justice populaire, as it is refered to in DR Congo, stems from a wider crisis of authority rather than solely from the malfunctioning justice and security system of the country.
United Nations DPKO SSR Newsletter, no. 25, February-August 2016
The 25th edition of the UN DPKO SSR Newsletter gives an update on recent activities from the DPKO SSR Unit, as well as an overview of upcoming initiatives and relevant information for the SSR practitioners. Updates on the DPKO mission to Central African Republic, the Senior SSR Practioners’ workshop and the launch of new Integrated Guidance Note on SSR and transnational organised crime are presented in this issue.
David Kilcullen Discusses Counterinsurgency Lessons for Africa
In this video by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, David Kilcullen examines how insurgents are using the population in peri-urban areas to isolate the government form the rest of the country. Techniques and motivations of the insurgent groups are described, as well as the concept of conflict entrepreneurs. The author also outlines the importance for communities and provinces to develop civil-controlled security infrastructures in order to maintain security without a permanent military presence.
ISSAT Training Courses
Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform | The Hague
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union, in partnership with DCAF-ISSAT, will organise an advanced training course on security sector reform in the Hague from October 17-21. Please note that the applications close on Monday 12 September.