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Title:Post-conflict security sector reform and the challenge of ownership: the case of Liberia
Author:Andersen, Louise
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:national security
popular participation
human security
Abstract:Security sector reform (SSR) is part of a wider peacebuilding, conflict prevention and postconflict reconstruction agenda. It emphasizes democracy, good governance and human rights and goes beyond State-centric notions of security. SSR has become a pivotal part of international peacebuilding efforts. Donor agencies and Western governments are devoting substantial resources to strengthen the legitimacy and efficiency of war-torn societies' security systems. At the same time, it is commonly accepted that lasting solutions cannot be imposed on societies. In order to be sustained, reforms must be locally-owned. Based on an outline of the concept of SSR and a presention of two different approaches to ownership, this paper discusses the ongoing SSR process in Liberia in view of the recent shift from a transitional to a democratically elected government. It identifies dilemmas between the current SSR agenda and the objective of ownership, and argues that a more inclusive and less State-centred approach is needed. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]