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

January 8, 2020 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces. READ MORE

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

July 28, 2014 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

The recent crisis in South Sudan highlights the importance of research on how civilians can and should be protected from deliberate violence. In December 2013, fighting broke out across South Sudan between government forces led by President Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar. READ MORE

July 15, 2014 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian , EXPERT: William Durch

The United Nations (UN) Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections (GFP) is the most recent initiative in a decade of efforts to improve the coherence and quality of the UN’s rule of law support to crisis- and conflict-affected countries. READ MORE

June 11, 2014 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

On October 29, 2010, airplanes carrying two unremarkable packages left Yemen. Were it not for an eleventh-hour intelligence tip, the bomb inside each parcel, disguised by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as a printer cartridge, likely would have continued to evade standard security checks and detonated over the eastern United States. READ MORE

November 8, 2013 | EXPERT: William Durch

In the past two decades, United Nations police have become an increasingly visible and important part of UN peacekeeping. As their roles have evolved from observing and reporting to training, reforming, operating alongside, and occasionally standing in for local police, the number of police required has also increased. READ MORE

October 22, 2012 | EXPERT: William Durch

Case studies for nine UN complex operations and special political missions were developed by Stimson at the request of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations. READ MORE

September 17, 2012 | EXTERNAL: Nathan Cohn , EXPERT: Russell Rumbaugh

As the defense budget comes under increasing pressure, many have suggested nuclear weapons as an area for savings. But estimates of what the United States spends on nuclear weapons widely vary. READ MORE

July 3, 2012

By William Durch and Michelle Ker - The UN Security Council is sending record numbers of personnel into peace operations of growing complexity in environments where critical government functions, including criminal justice, have decayed or collapsed. READ MORE

May 5, 2011

Aasiya Riaz, Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency, speaks about the judiciary and rule of law in Pakistan. READ MORE

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