Princeton University Library Catalog
- McCloy, Mitchell [Browse]
- Senior thesis
- Nash, William [Browse]
- Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs [Browse]
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- 97 pages
- Summary note:
- Traditional security presents a complex challenge to security sector reform (SSR).
In countries where the state has limited capacity, it would seem that incorporating trusted
systems of policing led by chiefs and tribal elders into the state security sector could
benefit the security sector overall. This thesis explores the challenges that international
donors have faced in linking traditional policing practices to the state security sector and
in creating hybrid political orders. Through three case studies of police reform programs
in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, I assess how donors and host
governments have addressed traditional security and whether they have been able to
successfully integrate traditional forms of policing into the state security apparatus. I test
the hypothesis that when donors focus primarily on immediate, nation-specific goals,
security reform fails to sustainably link traditional forms of security to the state.
I conclude that three shortcomings limited these police reform projects, all
stemming from the donor’s attention to short-term, nation-specific goals. These include a
shallow understanding of traditional security in the host country, a lack of comprehensive
oversight over traditional security providers, and the failure to define the long-term role
that traditional security should play in the state’s security sector.