This site is a space where policy-makers, practitioners, analysts and observers interested in security sector reform (SSR) can access the latest news, research and analysis. The Resource Centre is intended to be a tool to share knowledge of the latest trends and developments in the security sector and expand global understanding of this dynamic and evolving field. Below is a summary of the tools available:
- Top Story: The first content you will likely notice on the homepage is a large image and title: this is the latest post from our Resource Centre Blog, and will feature a timely news story, updated research or anything else new and innovative taking place in the world of SSR
- The Newsroom: Directly underneath the Top Story is The Newsroom. These are our last three blog updates, in reverse chronological order (from left to right)
- Featured SSR Updates: located on the top-right of the homepage, these links are a snapshot of what we consider to be the most important content on the site at any given time
- SSR Country Updates: this box on the right side of the homepage displays which countries have recently been ‘tagged’ in any of our updates
- Event Calendar: A quick look at upcoming SSR events
Navigating the Site
- Countries: organized by region, this section features country snapshots of states where SSR programs are taking place.
- Resources: This section will feature recent publications from the Centre for Security Governance, as well as links to significant SSR publications and organizations. This is also where the CSG’s “SSR Research Community” will be housed.
- Video: features various forms of video commentary from top SSR experts
The SSR Resource Centre is a project of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG). The CSG is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to the study of security transitions in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states, a process also known as security sector reform (SSR). A registered charity based in Waterloo, Canada, the CSG maintains a global network of research fellows from a variety of backgrounds, including practitioners, research analysts and academics, and partner organizations from the public and private sector engaged in SSR issues.
The CSG seeks to enhance the effectiveness of donor assistance and support to SSR programs through its research, events, training and direct policy advice. Committed to innovation, the CSG employs various technological tools to advance its impact and reach, most notably long-distance training and conferencing platforms. Supporting promising analysts and academics as well as advancing new ideas and approaches are also core values of the centre. Through its active engagement with SSR donors and recipients on the ground in fragile and conflict-affected states, the CSG endeavours to translate research, advice and training into tangible improvements in SSR policy and programming.
Mark Sedra – Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Mark Sedra teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and is a faculty member of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Prior to joining the Centre for Security Governance, Mark was a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the leader of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project. His research on post-conflict state building has taken him to a number of countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Sudan, the Middle East and the Balkans. Mark was formerly a research associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, and a visiting research fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He served as the 2004-2005 Cadieux Léger Fellow in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Mark has served as a consultant on international security issues to numerous organizations and governments, including the United Nations, DFAIT and the British Department for International Development.
Geoff Burt – Deputy Director (email@example.com)
Prior to joining the Centre for Security Governance, Geoff Burt was a researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and a member of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project. Geoff’s research focuses on state building and security sector reform. His work in Haiti has examined the regulation and oversight of private security and, more recently, efforts to coordinate the national level, top-down police reform process with participatory violence reduction projects at the community level. Geoff was a recipient of the Canadian Department of National Defence’s Security and Defence Forum Internship, which he held at CIGI in 2009-2010. Geoff is an experienced project manager and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Matthew is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Prior to joining the Centre for Security Governance, he was a Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Junior Fellow and a member of CIGI’s Responsibility to Protect research team. His current research focuses on the peace and security governance of regional organizations, peace- and state-building and security sector reform. Matthew also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ryerson University.
Chris Bordeleau – Project Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts program in Political Science at the University of Waterloo. His research focused on using theories of deliberative democracy to improve the design and operation of truth commissions. Prior to moving to Waterloo and joining the Centre for Security Governance, Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria.
Through our competitive internship program, the Centre for Security Governance encourages and supports new researchers and upcoming practitioners that study in the fields of security sector reform, state building, peace building and/or post-conflict reconstruction. Our current research and communication interns are Lema Itjemaye, Anni-Claudine Buelles and Shannon Nash.