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ISSAT Forum: Is SSR male dominated?

Is SSR male dominated? Are post-conflict SSR processes indeed planned, agreed and implemented by men? Megan Bastick's thought-provoking question is the latest post on our forum. From the consultancy sector in SSR to the military hierarchies in donor and partner countries, the question touches upon the fundamental issue of gender equality. Share any insights or experiences to contribute to the growing discussion.


Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

Prisons and Detention in Libya

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) research teams conducted two assessments of the Libyan prison system, visiting detention facilities throughout the country to evaluate organisational function, security, infrastructure, and prisoner well-being. This report combines and compares the findings of the two assessments, discussing the broader context of detention issues in Libya.

Tribe, Security, Justice and Peace in Libya Today

This USIP report focuses on the role of tribes in the Libyan security and justice system since the 2011 revolution. The study, part of a rule of law portfolio, is based on qualitative field research and a national survey, and analyses the influence and public perceptions of tribal influence in policing, the security services, and the justice sector.

Innovations in the Colombian peace process

In this NOREF report, Kristian Herbolzheimer explores the innovations and aspects that have helped in the Colombian peace process. From the parties' readiness to transform to the creation of a Gender subcommission or local ownership of the peace process, what accounts for the positive current developments?

The Ebb and Flow of Stabilisation in the Congo

Stabilisation has become commonly used in UN peacekeeping missions, becoming one of their central goals. This paper outlines the revised International Security and Stabilization support Stragety (I4S) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the assumptions and activities of stabilization have been tested for longer than in any other peacekeeping environment.

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 applications close on Monday 12 September.



African Politics, African Peace: The African Union, Peacekeeping and the Politics of Peace | Monday 12 September | 14:00 - 15:30 | Washington

This USIP event will present recommendations to the African Union to advance peace and security, highlighting a particular strength of the African Union: its political power.

The Role of US Africa Command in Peace and Security in Africa | Wednesday 14 September | 14:30 - 15:30 | London

Chatham House organises this event to discuss AFRICOM’s approach to enhance peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa. Conflict-affected areas such as the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin and the Horn of Africa require cooperation towards improved capacity, better coordination, and inventive approaches.

Security & Rule of Law - Applied Research Fund - call for applied research on addressing mixed migration flows | 9 September - 25 October 

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) launches a call for applied research on addressing migration flows. Research projects should address practical problems, developing the evidence-base of programmes that seek to address root causes of mixed migration flows.


Programme officer | DPKO | New York | Deadline: 12 September 2016

Security Adviser | NRC | Bangui | Deadline: 15 September 2016

Justice & Security Dialogue Project Officer | USIP | Nigeria | Deadline: until position is filled

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