University of Birmingham (17 May 2007)
No Ownership, No Commitment: a guide to security sector reform includes country case studies by different authors on Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Commissioned by the British government's Global Conflict Prevention Pool, it provides guidance to donor governments that support security sector reform in post-conflict countries and new democracies.
Laurie Nathan is a visiting fellow with the Crisis States Research Centre at LSE.
'[This book] is an important contribution to the growing literature on security sector reform for two reasons: it goes beyond the customary rhetoric about local ownership and considers in detail how this principal can and should be applied by donors and other external institutions; and it empowers domestic actors by offering analytical and diagnostic tools as well as insights from security reform in a range of countries.
'Laurie Nathan is eminently qualified to present guidelines on security reform. He has made a significant contribution to security and defence transition in South Africa since the early 1990s, is increasingly involved in reform endeavours elsewhere, and is now regarded as one of the leading international experts on the subject.'
Dr Frene Ginwala, chancellor of the University of Kwazulu Natal and former speaker of South Africa's first democratic parliament.
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