Tag: Timor-Leste

Security Sector Reform: Past, Present…and Future?

After more than ten years of cobbling together a rather uneven record, SSR processes continue to focus on supporting state security agents who, if not blatant aggressors, have often proven dishearteningly ineffective. The politics of genuine security reform are never frictionless, but they are necessary. And for too long they’ve been the weak link of SSR. An important moment has arrived to take an honest look at the concept of SSR as a whole.

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Timor-Leste: The Continuing Challenge of Police Building and Security Governance

Twelve years after independence, Timor-Leste currently experiences relative political stability. No serious incidents troubled the country since 2006 during the violent clashes between members of the police and the military, or the almost deadly assaults on the Timorese President and Prime Minister in 2008. This relative calm is mainly a result of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão’s “buying peace” policy, but grave human security issues have begun to open up.

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Want Local Ownership? Then Fund Locals, Not Foreigners

Analysts from Timorese security sector NGO Fundasaun Mahein have produced 10 times as much written “SSR” analysis in a local language in the last year as the entire international community has since UNMIT’s arrival in 2006. This has been done for a fraction of the millions of SSR dollars that have been hoovered up by well meaning but misguided international experts in Dili.

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