This three-part blog contribution provides a security sector perspective on the ongoing crisis in Mali and focuses on the stabilization and security sector reform challenges that need to be addressed in this context.
This first blog in a first-part series on Mali provides background on the country and how its present crisis emerged.
This second blog in the Mali series discusses the national, regional, European and international responses to the crisis in the country, and the peace process that resulted in an agreement in 2015.
This third blog in the Mali series discusses the current situation in the country and the implications for security sector governance that stem from the national, regional, EU and UN efforts to stabilize the country.
This blog looks at the current Canadian Government’s approach to engagement in Africa. It is a follow-on to the CSG blog series that explores the security sector reform (SSR) dimension of Canada’s planned re-engagement with peacekeeping and peace operations. This four-part series focuses on the main options being speculated upon for troop deployment: Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Central African Republic is one of the four countries that are presently being considered for a Canadian peacekeeping mission. The others are Mali, whereas in the case of CAR there is currently no Canadian presence, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, where there are token contingents of seven and eight Canadians respectively.
The CSG has just published its inaugural SSR 2.0 Brief on “Security Sector Reform in the Central African Republic: Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” written by Teodora Fuior and CSG Senior Fellow David Law. This brief looks into the implementation of SSR in CAR, the deficiencies of its design, and the missteps made in its … [Read more…]
20 January 2014 Is the world’s youngest state on the way to becoming a failed state? The author, who worked in South Sudan when it was still part of Sudan, attempts an answer. http://www.ssrresourcecentre.org/2014/01/20/south-sudan-going-south/
I never met Nelson Mandela but our paths crossed remotely on three occasions. Here is my salute to one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century. Encounters with Madiba I never met Nelson Mandela personally but our paths crossed remotely, just like the paths of millions of people the world over have crossed … [Read more…]
12 December 2013 In 2008, the CAR government and the donor community were engaged in an effort to prepare what would have been the most comprehensive SSR programme ever in a fragile, post-conflict country – if it had been implemented. The author, who worked in CAR at that time, discusses where the country is now … [Read more…]