Fostering an EU Strategy for Security Sector Reform in the Mediterranean: Learning from Turkish and Palestinian Police Reform Experiences

January 2008


In the absence of an overarching strategy, Turkey and the Palestinian territories illustrate how the EU has adopted different approaches to security sector reform (SSR) which have not facilitated the consolidation of a common EU foreign policy, though the situation might soon change given respective SSR-related documents from the Council and Commission. This report contributes to the security sector debate by stressing that in conflict and post-conflict scenarios endurable SSR requires fomenting synergies between the police and judicial sectors and the inclusion of DDR (Disarmement, Demobilisation and Reintegration), in tandem with the institutional implementation of transparent, accountable and democratic oversight mechanisms.

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