ISSAT has been requested by the Irish Defence Forces to support a workshop which aims to evaluate the role of the Defence Forces in supporting SSR and to consider future options for the Defence Forces and its national partners.
This workshop is being organised in response to the recent adoption by the UN General Assembly of UNSCR 2151 on the national ownership of SSR processes, and the ongoing contribution of the Irish Defence Forces personnel to SSR programmes in Kosovo (KFOR), Mali (EUTM) and Uganda (EUTM Somalia).
In keeping with the principles of SSR, the workshop is structured to capture perspectives from across the SSR spectrum and therefore bring together civilian and military practitioners and analysts with experience of governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration from across the Irish government.
This seminar will bring together experience and lessons from international support to security and justice reform including from sub-Saharan Africa, South Eastern Europe. It will include examples from UN, EU, as well as bilateral development assistance programmes.
The audience for this seminar would be staff from across government engaged in providing assistance to UN and EU field missions, working on countries affected by conflict and insecurity, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Defence, the Irish Military College and an Garda Síochana.