Security Sector Reform

Police in UN Peacekeeping: Improving Selection, Recruitment, and Deployment

Author(s): 
William J. Durch
Michelle Ker
Date Published: 
November 8, 2013

In the past two decades, United Nations police (UNPOL) have become an increasingly visible and important part of UN peacekeeping. Second only to military peacekeepers in numbers, about 12,600 UN police served in UN peace operations in mid-2013. Their roles have evolved over the decades from observing and reporting to mentoring, training, reforming, operating alongside, and occasionally standing in for local police as a post-war government is re-established with international help.

Building Police Institutions in Fragile States

Author(s): 
Richard Downie
Date Published: 
January 18, 2013

The aim of this report is to look at what the United States has been doing to help reform or transform the police in three African states: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. It provides recommendations of what could be done better, or differently, based on an assumption that the federal budget for overseas policing will remain small. The findings are based on meetings with policymakers and other experts in Washington, D.C., as well as interviews with program implementers, government officials, police, and civil society representatives in all three countries.

Contracting the Commanders: Transition and the Political Economy of Afghanistan’s Private Security Industry

Author(s): 
Matthieu Aikins
Date Published: 
October 23, 2012

Over the past decade the United States and the international community have funded an unprecedented private security industry in Afghanistan. As a result, this industry has become entangled with the Afghan political economy, as international spending has been implicated in funding informal armed groups and commanders. Considerable uncertainty remains as Afghanistan approaches the 2014 deadline for assuming national security responsibilities.

Broadening the Base of United Nations Troop- and Police-Contributing Countries

Author(s): 
Alex J. Bellamy
Paul Williams
Date Published: 
September 13, 2012

This report represents the first of a series of publications stemming from the Providing for Peacekeeping project, a partnership with IPI, Griffith University, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Security Council Cross Cutting Report: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Date Published: 
June 12, 2012

This is Security Council Report’s fifth Cross-Cutting Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict following the publication of our first such report in October 2008. With this report we continue to systematically track the Security Council’s involvement in the protection of civilians since it first emerged as a separate thematic topic in 1999. The report looks at relevant developments at the thematic level since our last cross-cutting report and analyses Council action in country-specific situations relating to the protection of civilians, highlighting the case of Syria.

USG Ladsous Interview: It Takes Time To Achieve Results In Syria

Published May 17, 2012 by NPR News
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The head of United Nations peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and talked to Michele Kelemen about how many unnamed observers are in Syria and what they are able to do. Ladsous has said that the ongoing violence is appalling. Some in Washington have been calling for stronger measures, including humanitarian corridors or safe zones. But that seems unlikely since it would take a substantial military intervention, not just a few unarmed U.N. observers.

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