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Security Sector Reform and Georgia: The European Union's Challenge in the Southern Caucasus
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CRISMART (National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training).
2012 (English)In: European Security, ISSN 0966-2839, E-ISSN 1746-1545, Vol. 21, no 2, 272-293 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Security Sector Reform (SSR) holds different meanings and hence varying implications for recipients and donors. Therefore, as an initial point of departure it is necessary to offer a more precise understanding of what can the European Union (EU) offer as a donor to recipient nations in need of SSR? The empirical case of Georgia presents an interesting and challenging case for SSR. There have been a number of domestic and international conflicts in the post-Soviet era, which has left a volatile legacy. There needs to be a cautious and long-term approach that balances what Georgia needs and wants with what the EU can offer. Rather than a narrow approach to the SSR programme, a broader and more encompassing assistance needs to be undertaken in order to affect a more stable and sustainable change. This process shall require talking and offering, but also listening to what Georgian officials request and desire.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 2, 272-293 p.
Keyword [en]
security sector reform, European Union, European Neighborhood Policy, political reform, Georgia
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2549DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2012.665887OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2549DiVA: diva2:525865
Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-19Bibliographically approved

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