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Building Police Institutions in Fragile States

Case Studies from Africa

Richard Downie

Paperback
The police are one of the most critical institutions of the state. This is particularly true in nations emerging from conflict, which are characterized by insecurity and high levels of crime. Without security, governments cannot begin rebuilding their economies and improving the lives of their citizens. As a result, they will continue to struggle for legitimacy, and a return to conflict will remain an ever-present risk. For citizens, a police officer is the symbolic representation of state authority. Their view of the state and their acceptance of its authority are partially shaped by their interactions with the police. The aim of this report is to look at what the United States has been doing to help reform or transform the police in three African states: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. It provides recommendations of what could be done better, or differently, based on an assumption that the federal budget for overseas policing will remain small. The findings are based on meetings with policymakers and other experts in Washington, D.C., as well as interviews with program implementers, government officials, police, and civil society representatives in all three countries. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 30Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-1-4422-2437-7 • Paperback • June 2013 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
Series: CSIS Reports
Richard Downie is a fellow and deputy director of the Africa Program at the CSIS.
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