The ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) took place at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in Stadtschlaining, Austria, from 3 to 11 April 2019. The course was organised by the ASPR and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence within the framework of the Academic Programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and was conducted in cooperation with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ISSAT).
SSR has emerged as a major topic in international crisis management and post-crisis recovery during the past decade. The focus of the ESDC Core Course on SSR is a comprehensive understanding of security as ‘human security’, bringing the physical, social and economic needs and rights of individuals and populations to the centre of attention and action.
Accordingly, the course includes a comprehensive and holistic overview of the concepts, strategies and stakeholders of SSR processes. The 28 participants from 21 countries, who are working in various contexts such as complex emergencies or peace missions and include experts from police, military and civilian specialisations, gained a deep understanding of the subject matter. Lecturers included experts from the EU, the UN, the OSCE and NATO, among others.
The participants enjoyed the selected content, the composition of the course group and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and views with other professionals from different institutional, geographical and cultural backgrounds.
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