Western Security Force Assistance in Weak States

  title={Western Security Force Assistance in Weak States},
  author={Emily Knowles and Jahara Matisek},
  journal={The RUSI Journal},
  pages={10 - 21}
Security force assistance (SFA) is increasingly emphasised as a way of supporting local partners on the front lines. In this article, Emily Knowles and Jahara Matisek suggest that traditional approaches to SFA are too technical to deal with political problems in fragile states. They suggest a new vision for SFA in fragmented security sectors: a peacebuilding tool for stabilising political settlements that improves relationships across armed groups and between the security sector and civilian… 
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