Author: Stephen Baranyi and Yves Sainsiné

The Battle for Haiti’s Security Is Largely Political

In this blog post originally published on the IPI Global Observatory, Geoff Burt, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance, analyzes the political challenges Haiti faces in its attempt to address key security governance issues, including paramilitary action, gang violence and the reinstatement of the Haitian armed forces.

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Security Sector Reform in Patrimonial and Low-capacity States

SSR has become a key component of international donors’ efforts to improve security in conflict-affected and developing states. Its success, however, has been limited because program designers rarely fully comprehend, how developing countries’ security sectors actually function. How then can we better understand the impact of neo-patrimonial practiceson developing countries’ security sector?

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Deportation, Circular Migration & Organized Crime

In July 2015, the Security Governance Group began a study entitled “Deportation, Circular Migration and Organized Crime,” with case studies in Honduras and Jamaica. The research examines the impact of criminal deportation on organized crime in Canada and the selected case study countries. The project is funded by Public Safety Canada.

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CSG Holds Workshop

The Centre for Security Governance held a workshop on May 5-6 on Non-State Security Providers and Political Formation in Conflict-Affected States at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada. This workshop was organized as part of a research project on non-state security providers. This project was made possible by generous financial support from the Gerda Henkel...

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Alpaslan Özerdem

Alpaslan Özerdem Advisory Board Member Dr. Alpaslan Özerdem is director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University. About With over 15 years of field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Turkey, he specializes in the politics of humanitarian interventions, disaster response, security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building. He has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organizations. Alpaslan leads the...

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Gaëlle Rivard Piché

Gaëlle Rivard Piché Fellow Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a researcher specializing in security sector reform, policing, fragile states, and violence. About She is a doctoral candidate in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Ottawa). Her dissertation, entitled “When Security Sector Reform Misfires: the Remaking of Public Order Regimes,” explores how security sector reform affects public order and ultimately violence. She looks at two main cases: El Salvador and Haiti. She is currently conducting field research in San Salvador. Gaëlle holds a M.Sc. in Political Science and a B.Sc. in International Relations from Université...

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Ciara McHugh

Ciara McHugh Junior Research Fellow Ciara McHugh is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance. About Ciara McHugh’s research in international security studies took off in 2010 through an Andrew G. Mellon collaborative grant, while she was undertaking undergraduate studies at Marquette University in the US. Since then, her work has expanded through a number of fellowships and research initiatives, focusing specifically on post-conflict civil society in a range of contexts including Rwanda, Cambodia and Northern Ireland. After serving as an AmeriCorps member, she relocated to Northern Ireland in order to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast, where she currently explores gender sensitive police reform in...

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Eric Muller

Eric Muller Fellow Eric Muller is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance. About Eric holds an M.A. from Carleton University where he focused on conflict and comparative politics in Africa, and completed a major research project on South Africa’s “quiet diplomacy” during Zimbabwe’s political crisis from 2000-2008. Previously, Eric worked in research and policy roles at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and The MasterCard Foundation. He is currently a contributor to International Policy Digest, and serves on the editorial board of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s iAM...

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Branka Marijan

Branka Marijan Fellow Branka Marijan is a researcher specializing in peacebuilding and fragile states. About She is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her dissertation, entitled “Neither War, Nor Peace: Everyday Politics, Peacebuilding and the Liminal Condition of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland” is concerned with the uncertain peace that persists in post-conflict societies long after peace agreements have been signed. Herr broader research interests include state-building, police reform, and civil-military relations. Branka has received research support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  In 2010-2011, she received the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship...

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Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence Fellow Michael Lawrence is an independent researcher. About He is presently working on: drug wars and political formation; state building and state formation; governance in areas of weak statehood; applications of complexity theory in the social sciences; innovative and unconventional security approaches; and the future of liberal peace building. He holds an honours BA in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and was part of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project. Michael’s publications include the papers “Towards a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy”...

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Sasha Jesperson

Sasha Jesperson Fellow Sasha Jesperson is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University Twickenham. About Before coming to St Mary’s, Sasha was leading research on organised crime at the Royal United Services Institute, working closely with government departments to ensure that research is useful for strengthening policymaking on organised crime. Her research background is on organised crime and particularly the role of development is preventing and responding to criminal activity, and the intersection of crime and conflict. Sasha completed her PhD at the London School of Economics. Her research examined international...

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Sarah Dewhurst

Sarah Dewhurst Fellow Sarah Dewhurst is a specialist in conflict prevention, and security and development effectiveness in fragile states with particular expertise in Early Warning, Early Response methodologies. About She has seven years experience in Timor-Leste focusing on research, evaluation and evidence-based conflict prevention programming. Sarah continues as the in-country representative for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS), providing technical advice to the NGO Belun for a research project exploring factors affecting the legitimacy of security sector institutions. She worked for four years as director...

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Ibrahim Bangura

Ibrahim Bangura Senior Fellow Dr. Ibrahim Bangura has worked extensively in the fields of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, security sector reform, sustainable livelihoods, gender and conflict resolution. About He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sierra Leone, a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam; and a PhD in Economics at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany. Having lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States of America and worked (mostly short-term missions...

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Steven A. Zyck

Steven A. Zyck Senior Fellow Steven A. Zyck is an expert in the security implications of governance and development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected countries. About He is currently an independent researcher, co-editor of Stability: International Journal of Security & Development and an associate of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York, where he formerly served as a fellow and manager of applied research for several years. Steve has spent more than a decade working with a number of major international organizations, NGOs and governments. Most recently, he was the lead analyst at a NATO research centre,...

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Nina Wilén

Nina Wilén Senior Fellow Nina Wilén is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerpen in Belgium. About She teaches the Military Higher Staff courses on Security Problems in Central Africa and International Relations theories. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Military Academy in The Hague, Netherlands and at the European College of Defence and Security. Her research interests focus on security sector reform; disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR); peace-building; gender and security; conflict resolution; and state-building. She has done fieldwork in a number of African countries, including Burundi, the...

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Anthony Cleland Welch

Anthony Cleland Welch Senior Fellow After leaving the British military as a Brigadier General, Tony Welch, has spent the last twenty years working in post-conflict and developing countries. About His experience ranges from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo to Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands and Kuwait.  He has worked with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union (EU), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations (UN) on peace building, stabilisation and development missions. This included the post of Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for...

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Yuji Uesugi

Yuji Uesugi Senior Fellow Yuji Uesugi is a professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (Japan). About He holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK). He formerly was an associate professor at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University (Japan). He received his MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (USA). His current research focus includes security sector reform, civil-military relationship and international peace operations, and he has mainly covered the issues of peace and conflict in Asia,...

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DB Subedi

DB Subedi Senior Fellow DB Subedi is an expert and researcher in conflict transformation, peacebuilding and community security. About His current and previous research has focused on post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding with particular emphasis on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), security governance in political transition, community security and violence prevention, role of the private sector in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconciliation. He possesses more than 12 years of long-term as well as short-term experience in project management, training, teaching and research in the field of peacebuilding and development from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Myanmar and Australia. He also specialises...

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