Security Sector Reform

Peace Operations Partnerships: Complex but Necessary Cooperation

Richard Gowan
Jake Sherman
Date Published: 
March 19, 2012

In a short paper for the Center for International Peace Operations, the German think-tank, Jake Sherman and Richard Gowan argue that as NATO pulls back from Afghanistan and the UN downsizes some missions (including those in Haiti and the Congo) organizations including the AU, Arab League and ASEAN may take more responsibility for new peace operations.

UN Integration and Humanitarian Space

Victoria Metcalfe
Alison Giffen
Samir Elhawary
Date Published: 
March 12, 2012

For over two decades, the United Nations has sought to create greater coherence within the UN system. UN integration is part of this push - an attempt to maximise the impact of UN efforts to consolidate peace in conflict and post-conflict states.  The benefits and risks of UN integration for humanitarian action have been subject to intense debate. Some UN humanitarian staff, and many staff in non-UN humanitarian organisations, remain sceptical that UN integration can benefit humanitarian action.

Security-Sector Reform Applied: Nine Ways to Move from Policy to Implementation

Rory Keane
Mark Downes
Date Published: 
February 16, 2012

Security sector reform (SSR) remains a relatively new and evolving concept, one that brings together practitioners and academics from many different backgrounds. The application of SSR differs from one context to the other, each with its own complications.

However, most of the writing on SSR has a policy focus rather than dealing with the practical issues of implementation. Not much focuses on the “little secrets and skills” required to practically apply SSR policy in post-conflict settings.

New York Seminar Report: Multilateral Strategies for Conflict Prevention

Christoph Mikulaschek
Paul Romita
Date Published: 
December 15, 2011

Ten years ago the UN Secretary-General pledged to intensify efforts to move from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention. In 2005, heads of state and government at the UN World Summit solemnly renewed their commitment “to promote a culture of prevention of armed conflict.”

From Militants to Policemen: Three Lessons from U.S. Experience with DDR and SSR

Alison Laporte-Oshiro
Date Published: 
November 17, 2011

This report is based on the panel presentation and the views expressed at a September 12, 2011 meeting of the Security Sector Reform working group. The panel included retired Ambassador James Dobbins, RAND Corp., retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, Center for New American Security, retired Ambassador John Blaney, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Melanne Civic, the Center for Complex Operations. Robert Perito, the Director of USIP’s Security Sector Governance Center, moderated the panel. Consolidating the legitimate use of force in the hands of the state is a

Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies?

James Cockayne
Adam Lupel
Date Published: 
October 12, 2011

Peace operations are increasingly on the front line in the international community’s fight against organized crime. This book explores how, in some cases, peace operations and organized crime are clear enemies, while in others, they may become tacit allies.

Protection of Civilians in the Context of Peace Operations: Experiences and Recommendations from Latin American Training Centres

Date Published: 
September 30, 2011

From 14 to 16 June 2011, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre’s Latin American Peacekeeping Partnership (LAPP) and the Paraguayan Peacekeeping Training Centre, El Centro de Entrenamiento Conjunto de Operaciones de Paz (CECOPAZ), jointly organized a workshop entitled Protection of Civilians in the Context of Peace Operations. This workshop originated from a seminar on Crosscutting Challenges to Complex Peace Operations that the PPC jointly held with The Uruguayan National School of Peacekeeping Operations (ENOPU) in December 2010 in Montevideo.  The protection of civili

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