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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Engagement with non-state actors can achieve better results for security-sector reform, says CIGI paper

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 maggio 2012

Waterloo, Canada The state-centric approach to security sector reform (SSR) has had modest results at best – a consequence of overestimating the degree and role of modern statehood in various locations. To better respond to “an era of plural and multifaceted governance,” policy-makers and international donors supporting SSR should consider engagement with non-state actors, says a new paper issued by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).In Toward a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy, Michael Lawrence writes that “international state building often falls short because it aspires to an externally fabricated model that does not accommodate local interests and desires while attempting to radically re-engineer a society in a short time frame.” Afghanistan and Timor-Leste illustrate this point: there has been too much external emphasis on what the state should be, where local communities have favoured alternative authorities for security.The paper makes two further points. First, non-state SSR engagement is not at odds with the basic goals of SSR. It “still aims to improve the accountability, transparency, inclusivity and effectiveness of security provision, but largely at the local rather than national level.” Second, a productive role exists for international donors to support non-state SSR. Donors can help by “assisting in the development of legislation to clarify the roles and relationship of the state and non-state security and justice providers,” while helping to build systems of performance measurement with which to gauge the security provision of non-state actors.Toward a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy is published as part of CIGI’s Security Sector Reform (SSR) Issue Papers series. Michael Lawrence is a research officer intern at CIGI. He holds an M.A. in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a B.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto. To access the paper, please visit: http://www.cigionline.org/publications/2012/5/towards-non-state-security-sector-reform-strategy.

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