Security Sector Reform

Authored by: Sanam Naraghi Anderlini and Camille Pampell Conaway

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: South Africa, Colombia, Nepal, Guatemala, Sudan, Iraq
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2007
Citation: Anderlini, Sanam Naraghi and Camille Pampell Conaway. Security Sector Reform. Washington DC: Inclusive Security, 2007.

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Executive Summary

This brief considers how women are essential to the successful establishment and reconstruction of state security systems during periods of post-conflict reconstruction. The brief uses examples from South Africa, Colombia, Nepal, Guatemala, Sudan, and Iraq to help define what security sector reform (SSR) is, who designs it, who implements it, and why gender mainstreaming in SSR processes is so essential. Furthermore, the brief provides a summary of current international action on security security reform and provides a basic checklist for women peacebuilders looking to make an impact on security systems.