Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cote D'ivoire: The Security Sector - A Source of Conflict and a Key to Peace

Source: ReliefWeb

The security sector in Côte d’Ivoire is both at the root of the recent crisis and the key to finding a way forward. While successive attempts to resolve divisions have recognized some of the larger challenges of security-sector reform (SSR), the failure to reunify the Ivoirian security forces prior to holding the presidential elections in 2010 was a key factor behind the recent crisis and contributed to its escalation into a military confrontation—a confrontation that included violence against civilians committed by both sides.

The decade-long crisis and its latest episode have made the politicians in Côte d’Ivoire increasingly dependent on uniformed men. This will have to be addressed through comprehensive security-sector reform to prevent a return to armed conflict.