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The Interplay Between Security And Legitimacy: Security Sector Reform And State-Building

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This chapter considers to what extent state-building is deemed feasible before turning to discuss the intimate relationship between security and representation as core state functions. This is followed by a discussion of the rather recent and still contested Security Sector Reform (SSR) concept and how it links the provision of security to the legitimacy of the state, which is a particularly challenging task in post-conflict settings. Having laid the conceptual foundations of SSR in the state-building context, the chapter considers the implications of the SSR concept in practice across a number of recent instances of state-building, namely Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste. To the extent that SSR is a way of building institutions, the chapter finally contends that it is a key element in a functional approach to statebuilding where security and legitimacy become mutually reinforcing.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Kosovo; security sector reform (SSR); Sierra Leone; state legitimacy; state-building; Timor Leste



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