The objective of this mandate was to deliver an overview of European Member States approaches to identify, prepare and second civilian experts in the framework of the current exercise involving EUMS and EU institutions on strengthening civilian CSDP.
The Irish Ministry of Defence organised a five-day advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in County Kildare, Ireland from November 26-30 2018. The course was carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.
The course targeted 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 and the specific challenges of violent extremism such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. The course also targeted those involved in programme design, management and implementation, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/ policy dialogue.
Topics addressed included concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, justice and defence reform, police, effective advising on SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.
Indeed, special attention was paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences were used throughout the course.
ISSAT has been requested by the Irish Defence Forces to support a workshop which aims at evaluating the role of the Defence Forces in supporting SSR and at considering future options for the Defence Forces and its national partners.
This workshop is 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 (Ireland's National Police Service).