• A Populations-Based Survey on Attitudes about Security, Dispute Resolution, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Liberia

    By Patrick Vinck, Phuong Pham, and Tino Kreutzer. Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley, June 2011.

    Five years after emerging from decades of civil war, most Liberians perceive many advances in their country, according to surveys. Strong majorities feel safer, few report any ill will to other ethnic groups, and most are eager to participate in national elections. However, growing rural-urban cleavages indicate a need for expanded educational and housing initiatives. Land disputes have also become a driver of tensions and could be better managed through improvements to the formal court system and educational campaigns as to how to access legal services.

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  • Oversight of the Liberian National Police

    By David C. Gompert, Robert C. Davis, Brooke Stearns Lawson. Rand, 2009. This report reviews the challenges faced by the Liberia National Police (LNP) both logistically and structurally in their effort to provide security in post-conflict Liberia. The study compares these emerging structures with three other established police services on the continent namely South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana and draws on their best practices for recommendations. These include the creation of a mixed oversight (government-independent) body of the police service to enhance professionalism. Download the Article: [PDF]
  • LIBERIA: Uneven Progress in Security Sector Reform

    By International Crisis Group, 2009. This ICG reports looks at the successes and challenges facing SSR in Liberia. The report discuses US private contractors’ role in the training of the military and the backlash it has faced. Meanwhile, the DDRR process employed in Liberia has been touted as one of the best in the world, notable for a meticulous vetting process that excluded ex-combatant from joining the new military. The report highlights major threats to the SSR program which includes unemployment for ex-combatants (due to the exclusion under DDRR), a growing number of land disputes, lack of coordination of the security agencies, and the frequent cancellation of human rights and rule of law training due to limited funding. Download the Article: [PDF]