The ESDC EAB Security Sector Reform and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Configuration
The ESDC EAB SSR was established in 2010 in response to the request to enhance the Common Security and Defence (CSDP) Security Sector Reform (SSR) expertise through a training mechanism within the EU and aims to optimise the coordination and coherence of EU SSR training. In 2023, the SSR board expanded to include the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, making it the ESDC executive academic board on SSR and DDR (EAB SSR/DDR). The board’s main mission is to support the coordination, coherence and quality of EU SSR and DDR education and training provided by ESDC training institutions.
Training institutions involved in SSR and DDR training that are full members of the SSR/DDR board include the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy (SSR and DDR training); the Italian Post Conflict Operations Study Centre Torino (SSR training); the Romanian National College of Home Affairs (CNAI /SSR training); the Spanish Centre for Advanced National Defence Studies (CESEDEN) (SSR training); the Austrian Ministry of Defence, Implementation Office for Arms Control and International Stabilisation Measures (SSR training) in cooperation with the Austrian Centre for Peace (ACP); the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), the Crisis Management Center Finland (CMC), the Bonn International Centre for Conflict studies (BICC / DDR training) and the Georgian Defence Institution Building School, (DIBS / SSR training), as an associated member.
EAB SSR and DDR configuration
Kurt Meissner is the Head of the Security and Defence Sector Reform Section in the Austrian Armed Forces Implementation Office for Arms Control and International Stabilization Measures. Before assuming this position, he was Chief Instructor in the Austrian Armed Forces International Centre (AUTINT) in the international Course Section. He attended courses, conferences and seminars in the fields of Security Sector Reform (SSR), Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), Building Integrity and Leadership Training (BI), Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and conventional Arms Control. Kurt Meissner has gained experience in the field of SSG/R training as moderator, and trainer on SSG/R courses and seminars and is Course Director of the ESDC Core Course on SSR. As SSR Subject Matter Expert he has represented the Austrian Ministry of Defence on international conferences and meetings. Kurt Meissner was selected as the Austrian representative to the EAB on SSR 2010. In 2020 Kurt Meissner was appointed as Chairperson in the Executive Academic Board on SSR Training, since 2023 he is Chair of the EAB SSR and DDR Training in the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). As staff officer and UN Military Observer Kurt Meissner served in international UN peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, Cambodia and Rwanda.
Enver Ferhatovic is a German seconded national expert from the Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze (ZIF). At the European Security and Defence College, he coordinates the Security Sector Reform and Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Configuration, supports the partnership and research dossiers and manages courses on SSR, DDR, Political Affairs, Intelligence and Mediation, Negotiations and Dialogue. He is a tenured political affairs, peacebuilding, security sector reform and strategic planning expert with extensive CFSP/CSDP professional experience from the EU Advisory Mission to Ukraine (2022), the EU Reginal Capacity Building Mission in the Horn of Africa (2013), the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (2010-2012), the Office of the EU Special Representative for Sudan (2008-2010) and the Office of the High Representative/EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2008). As a Senior Researcher for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funded research project EUNPACK.eu (2016-2019) consortium of 13 institutes he researched whether the EU may or may not be capable, and why, of successfully advancing its tool box of facilitating the management of conflict in its immediate and extended neighbourhood. He co- authored a chapter of the book ‘EU Crisis Response (2021)’ on the effectiveness of CSDP missions and operations in the extended neighbourhood (Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali) and co- authored a chapter of the pivotal EU security and defence book titled ‘EU Security and Defence Policy in action (2007)’. He holds a Master’s degree in political science and law while his International Relations doctoral research focuses on the effectiveness of EU policing/SSR missions.