Synopses & Reviews
Successful reform of the security sector has been regarded as pivotal for a successful transition from authoritarianism to democracy. Contributors examine the so far relatively unexplored theme of Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia. In an attempt to escape the military-centered approaches dominating contemporary debate this volume examines a wide selection of policy fields, touching on different aspects of SSR such as local ownership, executive and legislative control of security forces, gender mainstreaming, the role of civil society organizations, and the commercialization of security services. Bridging the gap between academics and practitioners, the book brings together diverse perspectives on security sector related reforms in Southeast Asia and their possible future developments.
Successful reform of the security sector has been regarded as pivotal for a successful transition from authoritarianism to democracy by Western donors. A global cast of contributors examines SSR in a variety of policy fields in Southeast Asia, paying specific attention to the adaption of 'Western' reform concepts by local actors.
About the Author
Felix Heiduk is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia; Felix Heiduk
2. Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia: From Policy to Practice; Carolina G. Hernandez
3. Eurocentric and ahistorical? The concept of SSR and its limits; Jörg Krempel
4. Impediments to Security Sector Reform in Thailand; Deniz Kocak and Johannes Kode
5. Superficial Consolidation: Security Sector Governance and the Executive Branch in the Philippines Today; Paul Chambers
6. Stifled development - The SSR-CSO community in post-authoritarian Indonesia; Fabio Scarpello
7. Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia: The Role of Private Security Providers; Carolin Liss
8. Do as We say, Not As We Do? - Gender and Police Reform in Timor-Leste; Henri Myrttinen
9. A Sisyphean Exercise of SSR: Examining the Role of the UN in Timor-Leste; Nicolas Lemay-Hébert
10. Conclusion: Assessing Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia; Felix Heiduk