Wednesday 20 May 2015

SSR Academic Seminar at Exercise Common Effort

A morning seminar (0830-1130) providing top level principles and frameworks for security and justice sector reform programming. It will focus specifically on defence reform, defence institution capacity building and the military contribution to security and justice sector reform.

Target group: Colonels and above at 1 German-Netherlands Corps (1GNC), as well as civil servant equivalents, and staff of NGOs and civil-society organisations.

The seminar aims to:

  • Provide an awareness of the concept of SSR,
  • Provide an overview of the policy frameworks of various international organisations
  • Show linkages with peace enforcement, peace-support operations, peace-keeping operations and stabilisation operations.
  • Discuss roles of the military within the concept ofSSR concept, including at the planning process, and in train and equip endeavours or security force assistance (SFA)

Participants will benefit considerably if they can browse the Introduction to SSR e-learning course prior to attending the seminar. The training manual for the e-learning, entitled SSR in a Nutshell , will be available in hard copy at the seminar. Additional pre-course reading is available to download in the Documents tab (login required after assignment to the seminar, including the latest study drafts of NATO UNCLASSIFIED doctrines on 'Security Force Assistance' and 'Military Support to Stabilization and Reconstruction').

Further information of interest:

Training Event

Monday 02 November 2015

Military Operational Thinking

From 2 -6 November, the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) are conducting a seminar on “Operational Thinking” for senior staff officers. Three of the issues to be addressed are

  1. Protection of Civilian
  2. Humanitarian Action/Assistance
  3. Security Sector Reform

Discussions and syndicate work will investigate the actual challenges of these three themes and the role of the military in it. 

The syndicate output will then later be integrated in a comprehensive approach to resolve the scenario crisis.

For the syndicate work on Tuesday (03 Nov), the Führungsakademie has requested Subject Matter Experts to assist in order to ensure the required depth of discussions and output. 


There are two e-learning courses which are of use for military operational thinking in SSR:

The second e-learning might be of more use after the seminar as a means of reinforcement. The current version has a number of videos from the United State Institute for Peace, which have a heavy US defence focus in Afghanistan.

Further pre-seminar preparation is available in the Documents tab below:

Training Event

Monday 23 May 2016

SSR Sensitisation Training

The sensitisation SSR course is designed for policymakers and practitioners who are working in the field of security and justice reform to build both SSR knowledge and skills. The objective of this course is to provide participants with a solid introduction to the concept, policy framework and international good practice of security and justice reform through its practical and exercised-based collaborative learning methodology. The course provides an overview of the various dimensions of SSR and emphasises the importance of adopting a holistic and context-specific approach when working in transitional, fragile and/or post-conflict contexts. The course also discusses key issues such as gender, coordination and SSR programming. The course provides the necessary foundations for subsequent trainings.

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