The Role of the Ministerial Advisor in Security Sector Reform: Navigating Institutional Terrains

TitelThe Role of the Ministerial Advisor in Security Sector Reform: Navigating Institutional Terrains
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelUSIPeace Briefing
AutorInnenPanarelli, L
Anzahl Seiten8 pp.
VerlagUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP)
StadtWashington D.C.

International actors in Security Sector Reform (SSR) are increasingly taking on roles as "advisors" to Ministries of Interior, Defense, and Justice. Rather than directly implement changes necessary for SSR, these advisors must persuasively articulate suggestions to their local counterparts. Advisors' success depends on their ability to convey recommendations in a manner that makes change acceptable to their advisees. Ministerial and governmental advising is not the exclusive purview of any one entity. Rather, advising is undertaken by a diverse range of individuals from U.S. and foreign governments, militaries, NGOs, private contractors, and U.N. agencies. These actors have correspondingly diverse objectives and approaches to SSR; without coordination or consensus on SSR programming, advisors may find themselves working at cross-purposes. Furthermore, the multiplicity of advisors and institutions makes sharing best practices and improving over time and across conflicts extremely difficult.What common challenges do foreign advisors face, and how might they pool intellectual resources and "lessons learned" to address these challenges? This question was addressed by a panel of distinguished experts at a recent meeting sponsored by the USIP Institute's Security Sector Reform Working Group. Robert Perito, director of the SSR Working Group and a senior program officer at USIP, moderated the panel. The following is a summary of views expressed during the meeting. The USIP Peace Brief can be downloaded from the link given below.

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