Evolutions in Security Sector Reform

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Evolutions in Security Sector Reform


Training A New Generation for Sustainable Stability

Long term stability in any context is majorly impacted by the strength of the security sector- criminal justice systems including national armies, police, correctional facilities, and public access to the services that they provide. The struggle for a transparent, accountable, effective and sustainable security sector calls for constant innovation paired with effective monitoring and evaluation of security sector reform (SSR) programs; especially amid increasing globalization and an increasing number of high risk security environments.

So what does this new security environment look like? Dana Eyre takes an innovative look at the evolution of national security paradigms from a broad view, asserting that security challenges worldwide are social change problems. This new way of looking at security as being rooted in sociological and psychological issues will help those working in SSR to program more effectively in the future.

Focusing on Afghanistan, Lee Mersek recounts his experiences in training the Afghan National Army. He emphasizes the importance of tackling security challenges with a focus on sustainability, by training locals in basic project management, leadership, and operating within realistic means.

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