Monday 10 July 2017 Session

10 July - 14 July 2017 ·

The 77th Brigade UK Army will conduct an “Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from 10-14 July 2017 at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

This five-day intensive residential course will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).

This advanced training is aimed at those who are just about to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral mission to support security sector reform programmes. More specifically, the course targets senior practitioners and professionals – including civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – who are working closely on issues related to SSR such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration etc. The course also targets those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/ policy dialogue. The organisers intend to select a highly diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as with regards to gender balance.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team,, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Practical information

 Accommodation and meals will be provided  at a subsidised rate. 

Pre-Course Requirements

Successful completion of the ISSAT online course Introduction to SSR, available at the following link: Introduction to SSR e-learning as well as the pre-course questionnaire available at the following link: ISSAT Pre-Course Questionnaire.

Additionally reading will be posted in the training space in the following weeks. 

Target Audience

The course is targeted to mid to senior level practitioners and officials directly involved in SSR activities

10 July - 14 July 2017 (4 days)
(51.600693, -1.656749)

Patrick Hagan

Patrick is the head of Knowledge Services for ISSAT. His role is to oversee and quality assure the production of ISSAT guidance products for the international community, and manage the internal lessons learning process. He also contributes to ISSAT mandate activities as an SSR specialist with operational experience of police and military peacekeeping and reform missions. He was the designer and lead drafter of the ISSAT secretariat to the external review of the United Nations Police Division. 

Prior to joining ISSAT Patrick worked as the evaluation advisor to the Australian Federal Police, managing the team that developed and conducted monitoring and evaluation processes to assess police reform and peacekeeping activities across the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. He has also worked for the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation, on the assessment of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and peacebuilding operations in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands.

Patrick holds a Phd in Social Psychology from the University of Western Australia, and a BA in Philosophy from Murdoch University.


Bettina Kircher


Field Experience

Post-conflict expert specialized in the protection of human rights and IHL as well as development - and conflict management. Moreover, extensive experience in peacekeeping /peacebuilding in the context of DDR and SSR.

Since 2005 participation in international peacekeeping, humanitarian/emergency response and electoral observation missions with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations DPKO, European Union CSDP missions, Carter Center and GIZ in West, East and Central Africa but also Latin America.

Expert Roster Memberships

Security Council Advisory Team (SCAD), United Nations, New York

Emergency Response, OCHA 

Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), Berlin

Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), United Nations, New York

DCAF International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), Geneva

Academic background

Diplom-Regionalwissenschaften Lateinamerika (Masters): Political Science, Economics, Roman Languages, Latin American History, Universität zu Köln

Post-graduate Diploma in Development Management, Open University, U.K.

Post-graduate Certificate in Conflict Management, Open University, U.K. 



Dennis Blease


Dennis Blease joined the Centre for Security Sector Management in 2008 having retired from the British Army as a Brigadier. During his time in service he spent a total of 9 years working with NATO. As Commander of NATO’s mission in the Republic of Macedonia, he advised the Government on post-conflict reconstruction programmes and SSR, as well as Whole of Government Approaches to transformation. This role was expanded to the regional level when he was appointed NATO’s lead on SSR matters for the Western Balkans. He worked closely with the governments of the region, in particular with Ministers of Defence, and their ministries and general staffs. As part of this work he was also appointed to be Military Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for the Future Status of Kosovo, President Ahtisaari, and contributed to the security sections of the 2007 UN-sponsored Comprehensive Proposals for Kosovo.
 Since joining CSSM he has lectured on SSR and NATO at a number of universities and security institutes throughout Europe, as well as in Palestine and Ethiopia. He was the lead facilitator for the UK’s Stabilisation Unit training courses in London for 18 months and he provided SSR support to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Palestine.  In 2011 he contributed to SSR training courses for the EU in Brussels and ISSAT in Slovakia.
 Dennis is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member (by examination) of the City and Guilds Institute, a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a graduate of the Army Technical Staff Course at Shrivenham, the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliff, and Cranfield University.
 He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Security Sector Management; a member of the International Advisory Board of Analytica, a Balkans-based think-tank; a member of the PfP Consortium working group on ‘Regional Stability in South-East Europe’; a member of the International Working Group on National Security (IWGNS), which is currently chaired by CSSM; a member of the editorial board of the Slovenian-based journal ‘European Perspectives’ that focuses on the Western Balkans; and on the International Advisory Board of CSSM’s MSc in Security Sector Management.
 He is currently undertaking research into NATO’s role in SSR engagements as part of his PhD studies with Cranfield University.


Teohna Williams

Worked on security and justice sector reform and related issues in complex, challenging post-conflict environments over the last 15 years. Programme Manager & Advisor with UNDP in Haiti, South Sudan, & Papua New Guinea, focusing on human security, peacebuilding, and small arms control.

Currently a core staff member with ISSAT. Previously, Advisor to the Minister of Interior in the Republic of South Sudan. Supported the government on the formulation of local level security strategies within its work on conflict mitigation & stabilisation.

Trainer & Coach in leadership skills for 10 years.

British citizen, Guyanese and Romanian descent.