Alexander Burian

I have previously worked as a Governance Advisor for the European Union Delegation in Lesotho. Within my portfolio I was responsible for political relations, human rights and public diplomacy. Additionally, I was also project manager for the Strengthening the Lesotho Justice Sector project, Integrated Financial Management and Information System project, Capacity Building in Economic Planning Phase II project and Technical Cooperation Facility project.

I have also worked as an Advisor to the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the UN in NY during their Presidency of the European Union. In this function, I was responsible for issues related to peacebuilding, security sector reform, non-proliferation, and anti-terrorism. In this regard, most of my work centered around the issues that were debated at the UN Security Council and UN Peacebuilding Commission.

Lastly, I have also held internships at the Slovak Permanent Representation at the UN during their respective tenure on the UN Security Council - where I covered issues related to peacebuilding and security sector reform - and in NATO, where I worked on public diplomacy.

I hold a M.Litt in International Security from the University of St Andrews and a Honours BsC in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. 


SSR Emerging Issues, Trends and Innovations

Much of the knowledge base underpinning SSR practice is fragmented, localized to individual donors, SSR practitioners or even programmes. In the absence of a robust evidence base and investment in global learning and monitoring platforms for SSR, much of what is known about SSR is based on anecdotal evidence or remains scattered through various evaluations or reports that are inconsistently shared in the public domain. This tool is a unique attempt to synthesize, document and collate some of the existing knowledge base on SSR that otherwise would remain in various reports or conference papers. The tool draws information from various ISSAT supported evaluations, assessments, and advocacy events but also reports, finding and lessons identified from the wider SSR practitioner community. 

To take advantage of ISSAT's unique position, working intimately with a large number of the leading actors in the field of SSR, significant effort is made in gathering and synthesizing emerging issues and trends in SSR. This is done to better understand how SSR is evolving and where emerging gaps in practice or effectiveness are forming. As part of this process the ISSAT methodology cell, a group of staff tasked with developing ISSAT methodology, has focused on streamlining lesson learning throughout ISSAT support activities. ISSAT has institutionalised processes whereby all ISSAT advisory field support, training and advocacy and outreach activities feed into a centralised mapping of the various challenges/trends, emerging issues, and innovations. This includes issues found at the guidance and policy level, the way development partners are supporting SSR, or the common issues found in national SSR processes. The gathered knowledge is progressively synthesized and analyzed by the methodology cell to identify common issues and trends. The analysis is progressively documented and tracked through this database of trends, issues and challenges. 

There are 4 sections to the trends, challenges and issues database.

Part I: Policy, Concept and Approach to SSR

Part II: Project Design and Formulation

Part III: Project Implementation

Part IV: Monitoring and Evaluation