n African Renaissance - Security Sector Reform and the fight against crime and disorder - a reflection on Liberia's experience

Volume 4 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


History has taught us that whenever there are wars, no matter how violent or destructive they may be, there are bound to be survivors. This has been proven before the very eyes of this generation of Liberians after more than Fourteen (14) years of fratricidal civil war. The Liberian civil war, though self-destructive, has produced survivors and even if we make another costly mistake to relapse into another conflict, there will still be survivors.

The same history has further taught us that it is the survivors of conflicts or wars that must rise up to re-build what has been shattered and / or broken. Rebuilding entails both physical and psychological infrastructures so that the stones and / or materials that built the previous infrastructures can be critically reviewed and / or studied with the aim of making amends to better the new infrastructures for sustainability. Usually in building or rebuilding, assistance is received from neighbours and friends.
The Liberian experience is a case in point. Liberia is a country emerging from the ashes of war with physical and psychological rebuilding to be done. The physical rebuilding include health posts, roads, transportation and communication and institutions among while the psychological rebuilding involves things like altitudes and behaviors. The physical and psychological rebuilding needs have required the assistance of our friends from outside, led by the United Nations. This means the world is here to assist us.
The aim of this paper is to contribute to the national debate on the way forward for national renewal with particular consideration on the impact of the Security Sector Reform / SSR, especially in the context of the fight against crime and disorder in post-conflict Liberia.

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