Security Sector Reform

Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation: Istanbul Retreat of UNSC

Author(s): 
Arthur Boutellis
Christoph Mikulaschek
Date Published: 
April 11, 2012

In early July 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey hosted an informal retreat

From Afghanistan, the countdown to 2014

Published April 7, 2012 by Reuters
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The dusty streets of Kabul are choked with traffic, restaurants selling American fast food are bustling and there is a crowd of students and parents outside a girls’ school in the centre of town trying to slip through the shuttered gates at the start of the school year.  Returning to Kabul for the first time since December, there was no sense that the mood on the ground had changed significantly. But I couldn’t help wondering how all this might change once foreign troops who have propped up the Afghan state for more than a decade leave in 2014.

Defending Afghanistan: are Afghan forces ready?

Published April 9, 2012 by Christian Science Monitor
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The dirt roads through Balaqala in the Charhasya Valley south of Kabul are oozy with mud after recent rains, and the fruit trees just beyond low earthen walls are about to blossom and demand tending. Still, many of the village's 1,000 inhabitants have come out to hear what Brig. Gen. Said Abdul Karim, commander of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command, has to say about the 15 Afghan elite troops who have set up camp in a nearby empty farmhouse.

Security Sector Reform in Tunisia: A Year after the Jasmine Revolution

Author(s): 
Querine Hanlon
Date Published: 
March 30, 2012

The U.S. Institute of Peace Security Sector Governance Center is engaged in a funded study of the prospects for security sector reform in North Africa. In January 2012, Querine Hanlon, Daniel Brumberg, and Robert Perito traveled to Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. This report is the first in a series of country-focused reports on security sector reform in North Africa.

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Empowering Local Peacebuilders

Date Published: 
March 26, 2012

Peacebuilding operations in conflict and post-conflict societies often undermine local capacity, ownership, and sustainability. The acknowledged remedy is to empower local actors to take the lead in planning and implementing programs, but few empowerment strategies that work in practice have been documented and explained.

Peace Operations Partnerships: Complex but Necessary Cooperation

Author(s): 
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.

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