Security Sector Reform

Conflict Zones and Human Rights

Security sector reform develops effective and accountable security institutions based on international norms of transparency, accountability, and the rule of law. Stimson experts provide recommendations to strengthen critical security institutions to help ensure the security of a state and its population.

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Current Research

December 14, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

Civil war has raged in South Sudan for two years. Horrific atrocities continue to be committed against the civilian population by both primary parties to the conflict as UNMISS has struggled to protect civilians within and beyond its protection of civilians (POC) sites. READ MORE

November 19, 2015 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs have come under a lot of fire recently. The failure of the $500 million program to train and equip moderate opposition forces in Syria is the latest example. READ MORE

September 28, 2015 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian

To most people, the term "United Nations peacekeepers" conjures images of soldiers in blue helmets, but U.N. peacekeeping operations also include critical non-military components. READ MORE

June 16, 2015 | EXPERT: Richard Ponzio , EXPERT: William Durch

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Dr. Ibrahim Gambari present Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, the pathbreaking new Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance.  READ MORE

January 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , STAFF: Fairlie Chappuis

The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo directly resulted in the deaths of 860,000 people, mostly civilians, over the period 2007–2010. READ MORE

December 22, 2014 | EXPERT: Nate Olson

In May 2014, Stimson’s Partners in Prevention Task Force endorsed seven proposals to close security gaps in global trade by better leveraging market incentives. READ MORE

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