Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Paul Jackson, Peter Albrecht

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Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013 examines how the process of state-building through security-sector reform developed in Sierra Leone, and the impact of this experience on internati onal conceptualisations of such reform as well as on international interventions more broadly. The study is the most detailed of its kind, based on a comprehensive analysis of UK engagement in Sierra Leone between 1997 and 2013, including a host of first-hand accounts from key local and international actors.

This monograph shows why the UK intervention in Sierra Leone has been a relative success. However, it also questions the sustainability of state-building efforts that are driven by concepts of the liberal state. In Sierra Leone, critical challenges remain, not least in the combination of a particular vision of what a
state should look like and the unrealistic expectations of progress on the part of the international community.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages184
VolumeWhitehall Paper
ISBN (Print)9781138892293
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameWhitehall Papers


  • Sierra Leone
  • SSR
  • Intervention
  • development
  • security
  • peacebuilding, statebuilding,


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