Jointly Advancing Policy Tools for Sustainable Security Sector Reform

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The session will focus on the political economy analysis of the security sector in fragile, violent and conflict settings. Join a panel of academic and policy experts moderated by the United Nations Security Sector Reform Unit to understand why international development, peacebuilding and security assistance practitioners need to better analyze the politics and political economy of the security sector to design programs that prevent conflict, advance sustainable development and sustain peace. Check the FF2020 event homepage for a direct link on August 26 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Please join the panel of senior academic and think tank experts of conflict and security in Africa and the Middle East:

  • Dr. Niagalé Bagayoko, African Security Sector Network, Chair
  • Dr. Yezid Sayigh, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Middle East Center, where he leads the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS); 
  • Dr. Khalid Mustafa Medani, Chair, African Studies Program, Associate Professor, Political Science Department and the Islamic Studies Institute, McGill University, expertise on SSR in Sudan and Eastern Africa
  • Erwin van Veen, Senior Research Fellow, Clingaendel


The session will be moderated by Mr. Daniel Prins, Chief SSRU.


The panelists will answer the following questions in their introductory remarks:

  1. Why is it so important for international development and peacebuilding practitioners to grasp the political economy, politics and power relations in the security sector?
  2. Why do international security sector governance (SSG) /SSR assistance programs often fail due to a lack of understanding of the political economy and politics of security?
  3. Why could stronger analysis of the political economy of the security sector lead to better engagement by the UN, IFIs and development partners? 
  4. To what extent rent-seeking strategies deployed by national security actors effect sustainable development and sustaining peace outcomes of UN and WB interventions?

They will draw on their extensive research on the politics of SSR in the Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya,  the Sahel, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.