A U.S. Army soldier coaches an Afghan National Police officer as he prepares to fire a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during a skills assessment mission on a range in Beshud, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2008.
U.S. Army Photo
Spoiling Police Reform: Nationalism, Informal Networks, and International Authority
Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
October 31, 2013
|Speaker:||Andrew Radin, Research Fellow, International Security Program|
Related Project: International Security
When and how can the international community build democratic police forces in war-torn countries? Police reform efforts are often premised on the theory that international authority and resources can defeat domestic obstruction. However, by analyzing police reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, where international leverage was greatest, the speaker finds that nationalism and informal economic networks motivate and enable domestic actors to block reform in predictable ways. The presentation offers implications for police reform and state building in diverse war-torn societies, including urging the international community to avoid reform goals that threaten the core interests of domestic actors.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School