Policy and Research Papers
Understanding the Informal Security Sector in Nigeria
This report from the United States Institute of Peace provides an analysis of the informal security actors in Nigeria. The key issues considered are the types of informal security actors, the organisational structures of these actors, their recruitment and training mechanisms, their accountability issues, their relationships with formal security actors as well as their perception. The report contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the informal security environment in Nigeria.
EU and Security Sector Reform: Tilting at Windmills?
This study was produced as part of the project “Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding”. The main objective of this study is to provide an initial orientation to the EU's Security Sector Reform by focusing on related policy developments and scholarly knowledge production on SSR. This paper highlights a few key challenges and gaps the EU faces in realizing its SSR goals and, more generally, its civilian peacebuilding and crisis management goals.
Assessing the Impact of Orthodox Security Sector Reform in El Salvador
This paper by the Centre for Security Governance (CSG) is part of a multi-year CSG research project Exploring the transition from first to second generation SSR in conflict-affected societies. More than 20 years after the Chapultepec peace accords, the Salvadoran peace has been maintained, but the country remains unable to address epidemic levels of crime and violence. This report assesses the impact of orthodox SSR on peace and security in El Salvador and evaluates the extent to which the reform process respected the core principles of SSR as conceived by key stakeholders, such as the OECD-DAC.
Refugees, IDPs and Peacebuilding in the Contemporary Middle East - eSeminar Summary n°6
The Centre for Security Governance (CSG) recently hosted the third in its series of eight online seminars focusing on the theme of “Contemporary Debates on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.” The panellists discussed how the refugee and IDP crisis should factor into peacebuilding approaches throughout the Middle East. Key topics and questions that arose as part of the discussion included the ability of refugees to play a constructive role in peacebuilding and the economic conditions facing refugees.