Join the discussion: International security sector support


International security sector support: Navigating political obstacles and opportunities in conflict-affected states
Wednesday 21 September 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 CET, online (Zoom)


Clingendael invites you to join this online discussion that will be streamed via Zoom.

The event examines how the political interests and role of security actors in conflict-affected countries interact with donor views and preferences in the context of shifting peace- and statebuilding efforts.

The discussion then focuses on the question of how international actors – especially the United Nations – should shape their interventions to navigate this interplay, so that they can actually contribute to better security organization and provision.

Questions for discussion

What opportunities and problems do the global peacebuilding and statebuilding agenda’s face regarding international engagement on security sector reform?
What have we learned about how competing domestic political interests in conflict-affected countries affect opportunities for strengthening security institutions?
What does effective UN engagement on security sector reform look like?

Christine Cheng (King’s College London) sheds light on the role of security sector reform in the evolution of the global peacebuilding and statebuilding agenda’s
Louis-Alexandre Berg (Georgia State University) speaks to how domestic power configurations influence possibilities for SSR
Waldemar Vrey (Independent, former UN DSRSG) reflects on strengths and shortcomings of SSR practices of UN missions in the execution of their mandates
The event will be moderated by Erwin van Veen, Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael.