Security Sector Reform Workshop

The U.S. Government Transition Assistance Priorities for Cote d’Ivoire are the framework that guides U.S. policy and programmatic efforts over a multi-year period.  Assisting the Government of Cote d’Ivoire as it regains command and control of its security forces, works to provide security for all its people, and pursues a modernization of the security sector – in its broadest sense to include law enforcement, criminal justice, and court reform – are major components of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) objective of the U.S. Transition Assistance Priorities.

In pursuit of these objectives, the U.S. Government recently sponsored a workshop on the challenges of SSR in Cote d’Ivoire.  The SSR workshop, co-organized by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies and U.S. Embassy Abidjan, focused on providing a forum where leading international authorities on SSR could discuss key issues with Ivoirian counterparts related to the security sector.  Presentation topics included:

  • An Introduction to Security Sector Reform in Post-Conflict Societies
  • Structures of Governance, Transition, and Security Sector Reform
  • Post-Conflict Defense Reform: Oversight and Control Mechanism
  • Justice and Rule of Law Reform
  • Reforming Police and Law Enforcement
  • Security Sector Reform in Transitioning States: The Role of UN Peacekeeping Missions
  • Gender and Security Sector Reform
  • Security Sector Reform Lessons Learned
  • Civil-Military Relations

U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Phillip Carter III opened the workshop highlighting the relevance and importance of SSR.  He stressed that the aim of the workshop was to provide exposure to and dialog on the fundamentals of SSR and to foster a whole of government, integrated approach to addressing SSR in Cote d’Ivoire.  The government’s ability to provide adequate security for everyone in Cote d’Ivoire is a vital foundation that will also reinforce efforts to promote development, good governance, and economic recovery.  The Ambassador reiterated that the United States stands ready to help the Government of Cote d’Ivoire make critical, institutional reforms to the security sector.