This ground-breaking project, carried out from 2007-2011, consisted of sustained and open dialogue among diverse civil society groups, political leaders, and senior officials in the military and security services. The project provided a forum for these diverse actors to discuss citizen control over police practices, the role of the military in the political system, and governance of intelligence agencies in a democratic context.
Bassma Kodmani, ARI Executive Director, and Salam Kawakibi, ARI Deputy Director, led this project.
Security sector reform (SSR) is a key concern in the current transformations which are sweeping across much of the Arab world.
In Morocco, the debate on security sector reform is one part of the “democratization” process. It focuses on the "democratic control" of security institutions, an issue closely related to the King’s prerogatives.
In Algeria, the reform of the security sector requires a reform of the state. The system based on a total control of society and politics by the military intelligence must be challenged.
The Meeting was part of the overall effort to develop the plans and activities of the Security Sector Reform Project and, as such, began with a review of the outcome of the firs