On June 3, 2019 the CSG held a one-day workshop titled, Security Sector Reform: The State of the Concept in Policy and Practice. Held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in Waterloo Canada, the meeting brought together SSR scholars and practitioners from Japan and Canada to discuss current trends in the SSR field. The meeting recognized the daunting challenges to SSR implementation that have emerged in conflict-affected countries and the concept’s mixed record achievement. However, presenters also highlighted some notable success stories in countries such as Timor-Leste and El Salvador, identifying entry points to forge a new 2nd Generation SSR approach better attuned to grass roots realities in conflict-affected and fragile states. The following is a list of the presenters and paper titles at the workshop:

  • Dr. Tim Donais (Wilfrid Laurier University/BSIA) – The Rule of Law, the Local Turn, and Re-thinking
    Accountability in Security Sector Reform Processes
  • Dr. Gaëlle Rivard Piché (Defence Research and Development Canada) – Building States, Undermining Public Order? SSR in Pluralist Public Order Regimes
  • Dr. Yuji Uesugi (Waseda University) – The legacy of UN Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste: evaluating attempts for institutionalizing national and community security
  • Ms. Megumi Kagawa – Dilemmas of Security Building in Post-Secessionist Peace Agreements: A Case of Bangsamoro
  • Dr. Stephen Baranyi (University of Ottawa) – Second-Generation SSR or Unending Violence in Haiti?
  • Dr. Sorpong Peou (Ryerson University) – Smart Sanctions and Human Security
  • Dr. Mark Sedra (CSG & BSIA) – Making a Case for Second Generation SSR
  • Dr Hiromi Fujishige (Aoyama Gakuin University) – Could the Hybrid SSR be a Panacea? The False Assumption of First Generation Model and the Critical Analysis of Second Generation Model

Many of the papers presented at the meeting will be published in future editions of the CSG’s flagship open access journal, Stability: International Journal of Security & Development. For more information about the meeting please contact the CSG at info@secgovcentre.org