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Arab Securitocracies and Security Sector Reform

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.

Project Publications
The security services in Lebanon and Syria: The mark of the French architect
The security services in Lebanon and Syria: The mark of the French architect
The article examines the historical role of France in the creation of security services in the Levant. It analyses how the sector has been reorganized after the independence. In both Syria and Lebanon, the French presence has perpetuated communitarianism, which appears as the main challenge in the structure of the security institutions.
Konrad Sztyler

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