On April 11, 2019, CSG Executive Director Mark Sedra was in Washington, DC to attend a day-long working session of the United States Institute of Peace’s Security Sector Reform (SSR) Advisory Group. The United States Institute of Peace was founded in 1984 by the U.S. Congress as an independent, national institute dedicated to the proposition that peace is possible, practical and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP works to prevent, reduce, and resolve armed conflict around the world. The Institute applies practical solutions directly in conflict zones and provides analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace.
The meeting, which featured a keynote by Rüdiger König, Director-General for Crisis Prevention, Stabilization, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Affairs in the German Federal Foreign Office, convened practitioners and experts in the field of peacebuilding and SSR to take stock of current and emerging trends in the field. Mark delivered a presentation on “Transitioning to Second Generation Security Sector Reform”. The results of the invitation-only meeting will be used by USIP to inform a renewed focus on SSR as part of the Institute’s next strategic plan.