Security Sector Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons and Gender in the Post-Conflict Western Balkans

Szedlacsek, Eszter (2019) Security Sector Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons and Gender in the Post-Conflict Western Balkans. Corvinus Journal of International Affairs, 4 (1). pp. 26-38. DOI

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We all experience war in a different way – building peace in post-conflict environments requires solutions that bring together various aspects of these experiences at the local, national and international levels. However, the actors involved and the social groups they address are only rarely those at the margin, and the diversity of the catch-all category of “locals” frequently goes unacknowledged when considering Security Sector Reform (SSR) and especially small arms2 control. Numerous studies have focused on SSR and gender in the Balkans, on perceptions of security in post-conflict environments and its gender-related aspects, as well as on the gendered aspects of small arms, but so far the analysis bringing together all of these aspects is scarce. This paper aims to address this gap, providing an overview of these areas to show that attempts at state-building and security-provision in the Western Balkans have failed to appropriately incorporate gender mainstreaming into their agendas. It is the central claim of this paper that policymakers must realize that gender mainstreaming without a broader understanding of gendered aspects of security does not and will not have transformative power – neither in the Western Balkans, nor in other post-conflict environments.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Security Sector Reform (SSR), post-conflict, small arms and light weapons (SALW), gender, Western Balkans
Subjects:Political science
International relations
ID Code:4308
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:15 Nov 2019 12:40
Last Modified:15 Nov 2019 12:40

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