The Politics of Security Sector Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union's Global Role

The Politics of Security Sector Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union's Global Role

By: Magnus Ekengren (author), Greg Simons (editor)Hardback

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Security Sector Reform (SSR) is increasingly becoming a cornerstone in international security and development cooperation. Indeed, the concept has often been seen as a panacea for many of the biggest threats to the world such as failed states, terrorism and poverty. In particular, this book focuses on the complexities of implementation of SSR across the globe and the actual and potential role for the European Union (EU) to play in SSR. As suggested in the title of the book, this involves not only opportunities, but challenges to be overcome as well. There are three core themes to this book: Policy, Policies and Practice. By presenting the themes in this particular order a greater appreciation of the influences on the process of SSR, from conception to implementation is relayed to the reader. This volume appeals to audiences interested in the EU as a global actor and the interrelationships between foreign, security, defence and development policies.

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Dr Magnus Ekengren, Swedish National Defence College, Sweden and Dr Greg Simons, Swedish National Defence College, Sweden


Contents: Preface, Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden; Introduction, Magnus Ekengren and Greg Simons; Part I Towards a Policy: Concept and Experiences: Three traditions and the concept of security sector reform, Carl-Einar Stalvant; Security and safety in the Baltic Sea region 1989-2004: transformations and three agents of change, Carl-Einar Stalvant; Searching for homeostasis in the security domain: the Polish experience, Witold M. Patoka. Part II EU Policies: The quest for an EU approach for security sector reform, Alyson J.K. Bailes; The EU's view on security sector reform, Malena Britz; Prospects and advantages of EU security sector reform, David Spence; The challenge of a broadening security agenda for EU security sector reform, Magnus Ekengren. Part III Case Studies of SSR Politics in Practice: Security sector reform in the Western Balkans: the challenge of coherence and effectiveness, Gemma Collantes-Celador and Ana F. Juncos; Ukrainian security identity and NATO generated SSR, Fredrik Bynander; The politics of borders and nationalities in Ukraine: impacts upon security sector reform, Greg Simons; The control of small arms and light weapons in Ukraine: the need for strengthened international security sector reform, Andrea Johansson; Missed opportunities: the European Union and security sector reform in Afghanistan, Mark Sedra; Security sector reform in sub-Saharan Africa: a new playground, different rules, new players?, Magnus Jorgel; The European Union and SSR in Guinea-Bissau, Caroline Bahnson; Liberian vigilantes: informal security provision on the margins of security sector reform, Ana Kantor and Mariam Persson; Conclusion: challenges and opportunities - towards a comprehensive EU SSR policy and practice, Magnus Ekengren and Greg Simons; Epilogue: central insights and recommendations for EU SSR, Magnus Ekengren; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/12/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781409410287
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 351
  • ID: 9781409410287
  • weight: 804
  • ISBN10: 1409410285

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