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ACUNS Annual Meeting
23-25 June 2022
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June 24, 15:00 - 16:30 CEST
Hybrid - Room S6 & Online
Roundtable: Book

Governing Security After War: The Politics of Institutional Change in the Security Sector by Louis-Alexandre Berg

  • Conflict Prevention and Mediation
  • Governance
  • International Institutions
  • Peace and Security

Governing Security After War The Politics of Institutional Change in the Security SectorThe UN has adopted “Security Sector Reform” (SSR) as a pillar of peacebuilding and sustaining peace, emphasizing good governance and oversight of security forces. Evidence points to the effects of security governance on the onset and duration of armed conflict, and on sustained peace and public safety. Yet efforts to engage the security sector have confronted political challenges, raising questions about UN support to institutional change as a path toward sustained peace. While the UN emphasizes national and local ownership, political tensions around security institutions often fuel opposition by some groups to increased accountability. It is not clear when institutional changes are most feasible, and what role the UN can play in these changes. The roundtable will explore these questions through a discussion of Louis-Alexandre Berg’s recently published book, Governing Security After War. The book examines how the interaction among national actors, peacekeepers, and donors affect the development of the security sector. It highlights internal political factors that shape considerations regarding the governance of security forces and explores how external engagement affects prospects for institutional change. The roundtable will bring together scholars and practitioners to explore evidence regarding the most effective approaches to SSR, with a focus on how the UN best manages the political challenges of institutional development in the context of peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

  • Speakers

    • 2022 06 17 Louis Alexandre Berg Profile Picture
      Louis-Alexandre Berg
      Georgia State University (United States)
    • 2022 06 13 Photo Eric Degila
      Dêlidji Eric Degila
      Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)
    • Christophe Pradier
      United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (United States)
    • Lisa Denney
      Overseas Development Institute (United Kingdom)
    • Adedeji Ebo
      United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (United States)
    • Bernard Harborne
      World Bank (United States)
  • Chair

    • Profile Lise Howard
      Lise Howard
      Georgetown University (United States) and ACUNS