Skip to main content

Security Governance in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding


Alan Bryden, Heiner Hänggi



Post-conflict peacebuilding has become a primary concern of international politics. Indeed, the UN reform agenda – including the creation of a Peacebuilding Commission – makes clear that more must be done to prevent societies from falling back into violent struggle. Building up domestic capacity to provide security in an accountable manner plays a crucial role in this context.

This volume examines a number of key issues that must be addressed by both post-conflict societies and the international community as they confront the task of rebuilding after armed conflict – including security sector reform (SSR), disarmament demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), and the rule of law and transitional justice.


Part I: Introduction

1. Approaching Peacebuilding from a Security Governance Perspective -- Heiner Hänggi

Part II: Security Sector Reform and Governance

2. Reforming and Reconstructing the Security Sector -- Alan Bryden and Heiner Hänggi

3 Engaging Armed Non-State Actors in Post-Conflict Settings -- Caroline Holmqvist

4 Enabling Civil Society in Security Sector Reconstruction -- Marina Caparini

Part III: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration

5 Embedding DDR Programmes in Security Sector Reconstruction -- Michael Brzoska

6 Addressing the Global Challenge of Child Soldiers -- P. W. Singer

7 Combating Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse after Conflict -- Adedeji Ebo

8 Optimising Mine Action Policies and Practice -- Alan Bryden

Part IV: Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

9 Re-establishing the Rule of Law under Transitional Administration -- Sylvain Vité

10 Promoting Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies -- Paul van Zyl

11 Designing Effective Measures against Trafficking in Human Beings -- Victor-Yves Ghebali

Part V: Conclusion

12 Shaping the Security Governance Agenda in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding -- Alan Bryden