Effective peacebuilding in the aftermath of civil war usually requires the deep reform of security institutions, a process frequently known as security sector reform. Nearly every major donor, as well as a growing number of international organizations, supports the reform of security organizations in countries emerging from conflict and suffering high levels of violence. But how are reform strategies implemented?
This collection of nine case studies examines the strategies, methods, and practices of the policy makers and practitioners engaged in security sector reform, uncovering the profound conceptual and practical challenges encountered in transforming policy aspiration into practice.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Civil Wars.
1. Introduction 2. Police-Building in Weak States: Australian Approaches in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands 3. UK-Led Security Sector Reform in Sierra Leone 4. A Hard Place: The United States and the Creation of a New Security Apparatus in Iraq 5. Missed Opportunities: The UN, Police Service and Defence Force Development in Timor-Leste, 1999-2004 6. The Difficulties of Donor Co-Ordination: Police and Judicial Reform in Mozambique 7. Police Reform Amidst Transition: The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Serbia 8. Neighbourhood Peacekeeping: The Inter-American Development Bank’s Violence Reduction Programs in Colombia and Uruguay 9. Two Steps Forward, One and a Half Steps Back: Police Reform in Peru, 2001-2004 10. The Company we Keep: Private Contractors in Jamaica 11. Conclusions