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After Intervention: Public Security Management in Post-Conflict Societies


Anja H. Ebnöther and Philipp Fluri



The transition from interventionist (military) peace-keeping to local (civilian)ownership of public security management is a severe challenge for most peace-keeping operations and their civilian administrators and is a reason for such operations being prolonged at high cost.

What is needed is a democratically controlled, systematic and cumulative process which involves confidence-building, legal, cultural (values) and institutional elements.

This book collects the results of two conferences during which the perspectives of both providers and consumers of public security management were discussed in the light of lessons learned from past and current post-conflict reconstruction areas.


Introduction Philipp H. Fluri
Part I Post-Conflict Security Arrangements – the Roleof the International Community
The International Community and StateReconstruction in War-Torn SocietiesRobin Luckham
Post-Conflict Security Arrangements Souren G. Seraydarian
Observations on Recent Interventions
Public Security Management in Post-ConflictAfghanistan: Challenges to Building LocalOwnershipRichard Ponzio
Lost Opportunities and Unlearned Lessons –the Continuing Legacy of Bosnia Kurt W. Bassuener
The Police Reform in Bosnia and HerzegovinaDominique Wisler
Consolidating the Security Sector in Post-Conflict States: Polish Lessons from Iraq Rafał Domisiewicz
Public Security Management and Peace Operations.Kosovo and UNMIK: Never LandEdward Rees
Building Local Ownership in PublicSecurity Management
Unknotting Local Ownership Eric Scheye and Gordon Peake
Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies –Approaches to Reconciliation Eirin Mobekk
Building Local Capacity for Maintaining PublicSecurityAnnika S. Hansen
Rule of Law Programs in MultidimensionalPeace Operations: Legitimacy and Ownership Agnès Hurwitz
The Role of Humanitarian and DevelopmentOrganisations in Relation to the SecuritySector in Transition Situations Meinrad Studer and Oliver Fox
Lessons Learned
Conference ReportEirin Mobekk
List of Contributors