Month: February 2015

Terrorism: Learn To Live With It. Why Canada and its partners need to focus on defining, mitigating and managing – not eliminating – terrorism

As much as we have not eliminated or eradicated crime, we have not and will not be able to eliminate or eradicate terrorism – both being idealized behaviours. But we can manage and mitigate the sub-types of terrorism in their respective contexts and settings with active advancement to analyzed definitions and responsible use of terminology.

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Defence and Security Sector Oversight in the Fight Against Corruption

Ratification of a UN treaty ultimately involves the legislative process and it is therefore fitting, in this context, to speak of the role parliamentarians play as overseers of the defence and security sectors. Secrecy is necessary but not sufficient for public safety; accountability is paramount. Oversight is, after all, the continuation of democracy by other means.

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ISSAT Blog: 10 tips for police internal oversight

Internal oversight of a police service is key to ensuring its smooth functioning. Internal oversight is a sensitive topic since it can lead to the questioning of certain practices that are deeply rooted within the traditions and culture of the police. This blog article aims to provide 10 key tips that the authors believe are the most important when attempting to ensure effective internal oversight.

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Getting Ready for President Putin’s Successor

President Putin’s current mandate runs out in 2018. It has long been expected that he will go for a second six-year term – after two four-year terms from 2000-2008, followed by the Medvedev interregnum from 2008-2012. This would keep him in office until 2024, when he would attain the ripe old age of 72 or 73. This article outlines several reasons to assume that Putin’s time may be well shorter than this roadmap suggests.

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Democratic Policing in Security Sector Reform

Intergovernmental organizations and more recently international foundations and NGOs have provided a wealth of “how to” handbooks and guides. Such organizations are complimented by resource-rich websites from practitioners, networks, global watch dogs, think-tanks and academia. This reading list is a compilation of a number of useful works, on Democratic Policing in Security Sector Reform.

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Security Corruption and Governance Recommended Readings

Corruption in security sector reform (SSR) and peacebuilding is often acknowledged as a problem, but there is a capacity challenge of how to address it. This list of five readings is intended to demonstrate that corruption’s impact on security and peacebuilding cannot be ignored, as well as to provide some practical readings that can give practitioners and policy makers starting points to tackle the problem.

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SSR, DDR and SALW Tools for Peacebuilding Practitioners

The Peacebuilding Centre is a Canadian NGO that consolidates good practice for peacebuilding and human security. Over the years, it has produced a consolidation of operational tools to make it easier for peacebuilding practitioners to find practical approaches to: engage with fragile states, conduct Early Warning – Early Response assessments to address root causes of conflict, and design conflict-sensitive approaches for project programming in fragile states.

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