Security Sector Reform in Times of Democratic Reversal

Due to the close linkage between security sector reform (SSR) and democratization, the latter's volatility has direct implications for SSR strategy. The article identifies possible scenarios for SSR, based on the observation that, in the context of democratic reversals, firstly, some degree of SSR can still be achieved, and secondly, causes for stalled SSR can be determined if we look at a system's distinctive structures. Arguing that a resumption of SSR after democratic reversal has to overcome particular obstacles the authors offer context-specific recommendations on framing SSR, as well as "second-chance" scenarios once a return to the democratization process has been achieved.

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