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SSR in a Nutshell now available in Arabic!

One of ISSAT's key documents SSR in a Nutshell: Manual for Introductory Training on Security Sector Reform is now available online in Arabic in addition to English, French and Spanish versions. The document providing a basic overview of SSR policy and practice based on collective experience will be one of the pioneer SSR publications in this language. The print version of the Arabic nutshell will be out very soon.


SSR in Practice | DCAF-ISSAT Activities


Belgium Royal Higher Institute for Defence (RHID) Conference

Mandator: Belgium. On 17 November, ISSAT was invited to share knowledge on military involvement in political affairs and its impact on security sector governance. ISSAT gave a conference presentation on the extra-military roles of African armies.

Support to EU Member States on Implementation of EU SSR Policy

Mandator: Slovakia. On 18 November, ISSAT is leading a workshop in Brussels on how member states could contribute to the implementation of the newly adopted EU SSR Policy framework. The outcome of the workshop will lay the foundations of the implementation plan for the new SSR policy.

UNHCR Workshop on Rule of Law

Mandator: UN. On 21 -22 November, ISSAT will facilitate a two-day workshop at the UNHCR Geneva headquarters for field protection officers to approach their work from a more holistic and SSG/SSR lens, linking emergency humanitarian work with long-term development.

Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

The Malian Crisis: A Security Sector Perspective

Among all recent literature on the Malian Crisis, this blog by David Law written for the Centre for Security Governance (CSG) provides a security sector perspective on the ongoing crisis in Mali and focuses on stabilisation and security sector reform challenges. 

Our Fast-growing Cities are Becoming Hotbeds of Unrest

This brief by the World Economic Forum sheds light on the outcomes of the Habitat III conference and its policy implications for urban security to achieve peace in the massively growing cities of the developing world in the next 20 years. 

Fragility and Security Sector Reform

The Fragility Study Group points out to the increasing reliance of the United States on Security Sector Assistance (SSA) with many US agencies involved in the process, spending an estimated $18.5 billion annually. Is there a correlation between increased SSA and stability in fragile states? 


Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East

Focusing on Civil-Military Relations (CMR) in Egypt and Turkey, this recent book published by the Arab Reform Initiative positions the historical experience of these two countries in the Middle East. Read on to find more about the possible strategies for the civilians to keep the military at bay and pathways for Egypt to benefit from the Turkish experience. 


Hope in Mosul

In this video published by Chatham House, Renad Mansour speaks of the current high mood on the ground in Iraq due to hopes of ISIS losing control over the city and the region. 



Democratic and Effective Oversight of National Security Services | Monday 28 November 17:30 - 19:00 | Paris

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights will deliver a keynote speech on the oversight of intelligence agencies at the Sciences PO - CERI. 

Beyond the Headlines: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World | Friday 2 December  | 10:00 - 12:00 | Washington DC

The new report from the Wilson Center and USAID, Navigating Complexity: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World, will be introduced with an expert panel discussing climate, migration, and conflict and suggesting practical advice for policymakers.


Field Team Coordinator | NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) | Erbil | Deadline: 21 November 2016

Lead Negotiator | UNMIL | Benghazi | Deadline: 30 November 2016

Deputy Director | UNRWA | Amman | Deadline: 11 December 2016

Tip of the Week

Want to learn about good practice in security and justice programming? Explore ISSAT's SSR in Practice page. It contains explanations of key concepts, recommended activities, and a growing collection of case studies, tools, examples, lessons, and other resources drawn from the collective experience of the community.