Supporting Democratic Approaches to Security Governance

7 December 2021  10:00 - 12:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Alliance for Peacebuilding, Humanity United, United States Institute of Peace | Held in United States in English
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Over the last several years, we have seen an increase in security sector abuses across the globe. These abuses have emanated from overzealous and unaccountable security forces—at home and abroad—military leaders usurping authority, and elites manipulating a state’s justice and security capabilities to amass power and wealth. At the same time, the US government and its development partners have sought to create a more holistic approach to addressing fragile states and reducing conflicts, which may further violent extremism.

This session will convene civic leaders and government officials representing the US, countries receiving security assistance, and donor countries to focus on rethinking security sector assistance as a component of meaningful democratic development, leading to greater safety and more peace for citizens. We seek to elevate best practices in security assistance, elevate local voices pushing for change, and help advance a global architecture for security sector assistance built on more effective, democratic principles.


  • Andhika Chrisnayudhanto, Deputy Director, Indonesian National Counter-Terrorism Agency 
  • Dr. Adrienne Lemon, Head of Research, Search for Common Ground
  • Yssouf Traore, Humanitarian-Military Liaison, Mali
  • Ryan McCannell, Director, Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention
  • Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, US State Department
  • Chidi Blyden, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, US Department of Defense