Sabine Kurtenbach / Nadine Ansorg

Reforma al Sector Seguridad Después de la Guerra: lo que se Sabe y lo que se Desconoce de los Casos Alrededor del Mundo

Documentos de Trabajo | 2022

  • Abstract

    Reforms of security sector institutions (SSR) are often crucial elements of international support for peacebuilding and democratisation. Although there is no general definition of SSR, it includes demobilisation processes of ex-combatants, mandate and personnel reforms in the police, armed forces and judicial sector. A comprehensive vision of security governance reforms is important as long as these reforms go beyond ending a civil war and are directed towards reducing various manifestations of violence and towards citizen security. The paper introduces the international debate on SSR, presents experiences from different regions and promotes a new approach - SSR at the intersection of state and society. External actors can support SSR processes, but should not impose one-size-fits-all reforms. The success of far-reaching reforms depends on strategies tailored to specific contexts. This means including functional equivalents (e.g. traditional authorities), as long as they are guided by human rights. Ethnic minorities and women must also be included, both in the design and in the institutions themselves.

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    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

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    19/04/2022 - 20/04/2022

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