Month: March 2011

ISA Convention: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom on Failed States

Findings call into question the shift from a humanitarian to a security focus in our policy towards failed states and statebuilding in the aftermath of 9/11. We should be more critical of the assumption, now adopted by both the security and development communities, that all failed states represent a threat to global security.

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ISA Convention: “The Monopoly of Force: The Nexus Between Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR)”

There are numerous missed opportunities to leverage the complementarity of DDR and SSR, including: establishing a veterans administration to care for former combatants, using DDR practitioners’ knowledge to facilitate the effective procurement of weapons for the security forces and the vetting of candidates, as well as the management of weapons stockpiles.

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