Drawing Lessons From Turkey’s and Spain’s Security Sector Reforms for the Mediterranean

October 2006


Security Sector Reform (SSR) and more specifically the Democratic Civilian Control of the Armed Forces (DCCAF) have become key issues in current debates on political reform. As SSR and DCCAF are emerging topics, intersecting both comparative politics and security studies fields of international relations, their theoretical frameworks are largely developed around comparative studies.

The report analyses to what extent the political transformations in Turkey and Spain, which have led to different outcomes with respect to democratic civilian control of the armed forces, can be a source of inspiration for the Mediterranean partners as well as for the EU and its member states when it comes to designing the policies on democracy and good governance promotion.

circle graphic