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.
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.