The value of further education in Security Sector Reform: autoethnographic reflections from Palestine, Lebanon, and Georgia

An Jacobs*, Norma Rossi

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Abstract

Although Security Sector Reform (SSR) is widely regarded as a vital element of peacebuilding, its implementation has remained largely disappointing. In recent years, the academic literature has witnessed an intensifying debate on the need to close the policy-implementation gap in SSR. This article contributes to the debate on the need for a second generation SSR by exploring the value of further education (FE) programmes through an autoethnographic approach of FE courses delivered in Palestine, Lebanon, and Georgia. We argue that FE can enhance a holistic approach to SSR, contributing to horizontal and vertical integration and fostering a long-term strategic vision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-412
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date20 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • autoethnography
  • conflict-affected environments
  • Education
  • international conflict resolution
  • second-generation security sector reform

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