Assessing the Impact of Orthodox Security Sector Reform in Bosnia-Herzegovina

BiH CSG

This paper by the Centre for Security Governance (CSG) is part of a multi year CSG research project titled "Exploring the transition from first to second generation SSR in conflict-affected societies". The project assesses and evaluates the impact of orthodox security sector reform (SSR) programming in conflict-affected countries. Employing a common methodology, the project features original research on four case study countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste. Funding for this project was provided by the Folke Bernadotte Academy.

Exploring the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina two decades after the Dayton peace agreement, the paper asses the application of orthodox norms and principles to SSR in the country and notes the effectiveness of the various efforts. It highlights the role of international actors in the SSR process, notably with regards to European Union potential membership, and points out the uneven results across the different sectors. The paper argues that the lack of local ownership is a key issue for the sustainability of the reforms, and that the competing visions of local actors are a challenge to SSR efforts.

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