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Title: Establishing Law and Order After Conflict
Author(s): Seth G. Jones; Jeremy M. Wilson; Andrew Rathmell; K. Jack Riley
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 293
Sponsoring Agency: Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8330-3814-1
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report contains the results of research on reconstructing internal security institutions during nation-building missions that analyzed the activities of the United States and other countries in building viable police, internal security forces, and justice structures by examining in detail the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, in which the United States and its allies attempted to reconstruct security institutions.
Abstract: Three main arguments are made in the success in reconstructing internal security: (1) establishing security during the “golden hour” should be the most immediate concern of policymakers after the conclusion of major combat operations; (2) in addition to reconstructing and reforming the police and security forces, a viable justice system must be established; and (3) identified minimum resource levels in the areas of international troops and police, domestic police, assistance, and duration, should be established to maintain security. In addition, six policy recommendations for the United States policy on post-conflict internal security include: (1) give as much attention to planning post-conflict internal security as to planning combat operations; (2) negotiate a peace treaty or formal surrender; (3) fill the security gap quickly with United States (and allied) military and constabulary forces; (4) develop comprehensive doctrine for post-conflict internal security reconstruction; (5) build mechanisms to ensure faster mobilization of personnel, funds, and equipment; and (6) focus on outcome measures to shape programs. Providing security and reconstructing internal security institutions is a key component of nation-building operations. They are also vital to lay the foundation for a strong and legitimate state. This study examined how successful the United States and allied efforts have been in reconstructing internal security institutions and what are the most important lessons for current and future operations. To answer these questions, the study compared the results with data from six other cases in which the United States has helped reconstruct security institutions during nation-building missions: Panama, El Salvador, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and East Timor. Figures, tables and references
Main Term(s): Security
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system effectiveness; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Foreign criminal justice systems; National security; Police internal security
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