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Post–Electoral Security Sector Reform in Sierra Leone: Needs and Challenges

12 October 2007, 15:00
A presentation for RUSI members by Mariama Konneh, the West Africa Programme Director of Conciliation Resources and Andy Carl, Director of Conciliation Resources.

RUSImotifThe recent presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone marked a watershed in the troubled history of Sierra Leone. For the first time since the civil war ended in 2003, the people of Sierra Leone participated in national elections to elect the leaders of their choice. This was an important milestone in a re- emergent political process in Sierra Leone.

However, peace remains fragile in Sierra Leone. Ernest Koroma, the former opposition leader who is now the new President,  faces a multiplicity of challenges, of which the provision of security to the nation’s citizens remains atop the agenda. A great deal of progress has been made since 2003, and the recent elections have also demonstrated the strength of civil society within Sierra Leone. It is clear that civil society participation in the security sector, and security sector reform [SSR] is of paramount importance in building relationships between the military and civilians, and preventing a relapse into war. Sierra Leone also faces a host of challenges brought about by conflicts amongst its neighbours, and building sustainable peace in Sierra Leone will have a positive impact on the region.

Mariama Konneh, the West Africa Programme Director of Conciliation Resources, and Andy Carl, Director of Conciliation Resources, will  present on “ Post–Electoral Security Sector Reform in Sierra Leone: Needs and Challenges.”  Conciliation Resources is a  global organisation involved in civil society and security sector projects. They are directing the nationwide ‘Strengthening Citizens’ Security’ project in Sierra Leone  as part of the 2005 Sierra Leone Security Review [ SLSSR].   They have first hand experience of events in Sierra Leone, and their  presentation  will discuss the needs and challenges of  security sector reform, and civilian participation in this crucial process prior to, and after, the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone. 

Refreshments                 15:30-16:00
Presentation and Q & A   16:00-17:00

To register for this event, please send the booking form to Rachel Bowden at rachelb@rusi.org.

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