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Principle in Practice: Political Engagement

Engagement on political issues, more than on technical aspects and capacity building, is crucial for the success of Security Sector Reform (SSR). However, what happens when the interests of critical stakeholders  and the focus of political will moves away from SSR? How can varying levels of political engagement be managed and incentivised? Explore key lessons and a variety of examples addressing the challenges of translating strong political will into clear strategies.


Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

Security that protects

Based on field research conducted between February and May 2016 in three locations across Lebanon, this brief analyses the challenges to protecting local communities and refugees in a hybrid system in which formal and informal security actors coexist and implement a mix of security measures.

Islamist Extremism in East Africa

This security brief by the ACSS studies the growth of Salafist ideology in East Africa. External factors such as the promotion of conservative versions of Islam by Gulf states are reinforced by internal issues of socioeconomic inequality along with heavy-handed repression of extremism. Can the rebuilding of tolerance and solidarity domestically begin to adress these challenges?

Reversing the Stabilisation Paradigm: Towards an Alternative Approach

In this Practice Note, Mark Knight explores the dialogue concerning the Stabilisation concept. He argues that the traditional understanding of stability is an unachievable objective, and that Stabilisation should rather be understood as a set of political actions in support of an ideological outcome. Moreover, instead of pursuing ‘stability’, Stabilisation should rather aim for the protection and enjoyment of human rights. The Practice Note provides concrete recommendations for policy and action to support the new approach.

Other Documents

Humanitarian Action and Peace Operations

In light of growing demands of humanitarian crises, and the need for more coordination and collective efforts in engagement, ZIF’s latest Policy Briefing looks at challenges and opportunities for cooperation between United Nations peace operations and humanitarian actors.programmes.

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 12th of September.



Monitoring and Evaluation Expert | UNAMID | Darfur | Deadline: 17 August 2016

Senior Programme Officer - Democracy Assessment, Analysis and Advisory Unit | International IDEA | Stockholm | Deadline: 23 August 2016

Program Coordinator, Eastern Europe and Central Asia | IDLO | Rome| Deadline: 31 August 2016

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