Is the future of SSR non-linear?

Paul Jackson, Shivit Bakrania

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This article explores issues around security sector reform (SSR) and the involvement of the international community in peace-building. It argues that the international architecture which surrounds SSR privileges a particular form of knowledge that reflects a technocratic approach to security, and illustrates this by systematically examining the literature. Research on the literature itself shows that three core themes dominate: state-centric approaches, technocratic approaches, and approaches to local ownership. These comprise a current, linear approach to SSR that ignores much of the critical literature on peace-building. The article then goes on to draw on some of this critical literature to develop an alternative approach to SSR building using a non-linear approach which incorporates a better understanding of institutional politics, an emphasis on process rather than structures, and analysis of hidden politics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2018


  • security sector reform
  • linear peacvebuilding
  • statebuilding
  • security
  • intervention


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