The Politics of Security Sector Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union's Global Role, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Politics of Security Sector Reform

Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union's Global Role, 1st Edition

Edited by Magnus Ekengren, Greg Simons


350 pages

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Security Sector Reform (SSR) is increasingly becoming a cornerstone in international security and development cooperation. Indeed, the concept has often been seen as a panacea for many of the biggest threats to the world such as failed states, terrorism and poverty. In particular, this book focuses on the complexities of implementation of SSR across the globe and the actual and potential role for the European Union (EU) to play in SSR. As suggested in the title of the book, this involves not only opportunities, but challenges to be overcome as well. There are three core themes to this book: Policy, Policies and Practice. By presenting the themes in this particular order a greater appreciation of the influences on the process of SSR, from conception to implementation is relayed to the reader. This volume appeals to audiences interested in the EU as a global actor and the interrelationships between foreign, security, defence and development policies.


'… offers a unique approach to EU Security Sector Reform instruments and responds to criticism related to the lack of means and instruments of the EU to assist third countries. This in-depth analysis provides a unique reference for any future analysis of this field.' Julian Chifu, Director Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, Romania 'From Afghanistan to the Balkans, from Palestine to Africa, reforming armed forces, police, legal and judicial systems, is now recognised as a vital component of post-conflict reconstruction, state-building and democratisation. This book is a valuable contribution to the emerging debate on security sector reform. The detailed case studies in this volume provide important insights into the challenges of security sector reform and the European Union’s role in this area.' Andrew Cottey, University College Cork, Ireland

About the Editors

Dr Magnus Ekengren, Swedish National Defence College, Sweden and Dr Greg Simons, Swedish National Defence College, Sweden

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European