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The Military Dimension of Security Sector Governance in Complex Power-sharing Arrangements

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This chapter tests the compatibility of two sets of ideas: complex power-sharing (CPS) and security sector governance (SSG). Both are central features of the debate on post-conflict reconstruction and state (re)formation, and literature in each case is extensive. Orthodox academic and policy-oriented analysis generally accepts that post-conflict reconstruction programmes must be comprehensive, addressing both power-sharing and security sector issues, as well as issues concerning social, judicial, and economic reform. The scope and utility of both CPS and SSG must be reflected in the vitality of the relationship between them. From the outset of any attempt to settle a self-determination dispute through power-sharing, it would be reasonable to suppose that military, paramilitary, and police agencies must in some way be drawn into the process. The chapter draws general and specific lessons from eight case studies in complex power-sharing: Bougainville; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Gagauzia; Kosovo; Macedonia; Mindanao; Northern Ireland; and South Ossetia.

Keywords: complex power-sharing (CPS); military dimension; policy-oriented analysis; post-conflict reconstruction; security sector governance (SSG); self-determination dispute



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