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Dr. Sarah Meharg is the Senior Research Associate in the Department of Research, Education, and Learning Development at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and Adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. She has a regional focus on the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq and is currently researching military geography and identicide and is measuring the effectiveness of reconstruction activities during peace operations. She serves as a research fellow with the Centre for Security and Defence Studies and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. Dr. Meharg has published numerous articles and chapters, including two books: Helping Hands and Loaded Arms: Navigating the Military and Humanitarian Space (Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada: Canadian Peacekeepers Press, 2007), and Measuring What Matters in Peace Operations and Crisis Management (Kingston, Ontario, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).
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Authored by Dr. Sarah Meharg, Ms. Aleisha Arnusch. Edited by Professor Susan Merrill.
Security sector reform (SSR) has emerged since the end of the Cold War as an important tool for stabilizing and reconstructing post-conflict countries. It offers a means of arresting the failure process in failing states and supporting failed state recovery. The U.S. Government endorses the concept of SSR as a component of stabilization reconstruction in the new (October 2008) U.S. Army Field Manual 3-07, Stability Operations.