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News Roundup: 11 July - 17 July 2016 By: SSR Resource Centre | SSR | Jul 18, 2016

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Facebook and Social Media Fanning the Flames of War in South Sudan

Hate speech and proffering war online using social media, particularly Facebook has contributed to South Sudan’s return to conflict. In this context, CSG Senior Fellow Matthew LeRiche argues that “international organizations and others interested in peace and security in the region need to engage on the issue of the use of social media and communication of hate and violence, as part of the responsibility to prevent and in the context of countering violent extremism approaches”.


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From the SSR Weekly to the CSG Monthly

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Over the last 3 years, the Centre for Security Governance managed the widely read SSR Weekly News Roundup that provided pertinent news articles, reports, projects, and event updates on security sector reform. After celebrating the 3rd anniversary of this project this month - and based on your feedback and our desire to continue to innovate and deliver the best possible product - we are pleased to announce that we are re-branding this project and launching a new 2.0 version of our news roundup project, the CSG Monthly, which we hope will be as successful as our original SSR Weekly. At the end of each month, we will deliver to your inbox the latest news and publications from the Centre for Security Governance, as well as the latest analysis and publications on security sector reform published over the last month.

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Measuring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16 for peace and justice

A coalition of international organizations launched a website that tracks progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 16, which commits global leaders to promoting ‘peaceful and inclusive societies’. - Saferworld

How the U.S. Trains the World’s Security Forces

An investigation mining U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks reveals new and surprising details about an opaque centerpiece of American foreign policy — a vast network of bases and facilities across the globe currently used to train hundreds of thousands of foreign military and security personnel. - Douglas Gillison, Nick Turse & Moiz Syed, The Intercept

The Battle for Haiti’s Security Is Largely Political

Geoff Burt, a CSG Senior Fellow, discusses the recent reinstatement of the Haitian armed forces, 20 years after former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded them, and the challenges for security sector reform and security governance associated with this new process. – Geoff Burt, IPI Global Observatory

How Tunisia’s security agencies are confronting infiltration attempts

Terrorist organizations in Tunisia have recruited policemen and soldiers within its ranks to obtain information on the security forces and use it in attacks, which has prompted the Tunisian authorities to fortify security agencies to abort infiltration attempts. – Ahmed Nadhif, Al-Monitor

How violence is manifested in Nairobi’s slums

This blog article draws on draws on data collected during fieldwork for the report Hustling for Security: managing plural security in Nairobi’s poor urban settlements, part of the Plural Security Insights project. It explores how how inhabitants of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya navigate security and deal with state policing and community violence. – Peter Alexander Albrecht, Plural Security Insights

The UN had to go, but is Liberia ready to keep its own peace?

The authors discuss the challenges facing Liberia’s security institutions following the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. They argue that a  ‘whole of government approach’ is the only way forward in the post-UNMIL era, including a focus on non-traditional security issues and building the capacity in the security sector beyond the army and police, with the goal of building a ‘holistic security system, by investing in the bureau of immigration, drug enforcement agency, and national security agency’. - Robtel Neajai Pailey & Thomas Jaye, African Arguments



Local Security-Making in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

This new BICC Working Paper explores the securityscapes of various social groups in urban spaces of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and production of securityscapes by everyday practices. This report is part of a three-year research project on everyday security practices in Central Asia. - Marc von Boemcken, Conrad Schetter, Hafiz Boboyorov, Nina Bagdasarova & Joomart Sulaimanov, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

Contesting Authority: Armed rebellion and military fragmentation in Walikale and Kalehe, North and South Kivu

This report analyzes the involvement of armed groups in public life in the territories of Kalehe and Walikale in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The current political and military landscape in these territories, defined by the presence of armed groups and the consequent fragmentation of local authority, is mainly caused by unresolved tensions between and within communities over territory, authority and resources; the lack of capacity of the Congo’s state services to provide protection; and the limited success of reintegration efforts. - Koen Vlassenroot, Emery Mudinga & Kasper Hoffmann, Rift Valley Institute

The Battle at El Adde: The Kenya Defence Forces, al-Shabaab, and Unanswered Questions

This issue brief lays out a number of lessons the attack on El Adde can offer to the Kenya Defence Forces, AMISOM, and all peace operations engaged in various forms of stabilization and counterinsurgency. – Paul D. Williams, International Peace Institute

Local diagnostics of security in Lubumbashi and Mbujimayi (in French)

This report maps and analyzes local security in two cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of police reform efforts to develop a community policing (‘police de proximité’) strategy. - Dominique Wisler, Coginta

Responsive and Responsible: Making Politics Part of UNDP’s Rule of Law Agenda

This brief, drawing on a review of literature and interviews with rule of law practitioners, examines why politics has been only marginally represented in rule of law reform, focusing on UN and United Nations Development Programme. - Richard Sannerholm, Shane Quinn and Andrea Rabus, Folke Bernadotte Academy

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