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Alan Bryden, Heiner Hänggi (Eds.)
Reform and Reconstruction of the Security Sector
Reihe: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
2004, 296 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, gb., ISBN 3-8258-7770-1
Security sector reform (SSR) is widely recognised as key to conflict prevention, peace-building, sustainable development and democratisation. SSR has gained most practical relevance in the context of post-conflict reconstruction of so-called `failed states' and states emerging from violent internal or inter-state conflict. As this volume shows, almost all states need to reform their security sectors to a greater or lesser extent, according to the specific security, political and socio-economic contexts, as well as in response to the new security challenges resulting from globalisation and post-9/11 developments. Contributions from academics and practitioners elaborate on both the conceptual underpinnings and the practical realities of security sector reform and - a crucial aspect of post-conflict peace-building - security sector reconstruction.