Challenging Security Sector Reform as a Mean to Peace

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This article by Victoria Scheyer questions the security centred approach in the current international system and tries to rethink the above order. The strong focus on security carries the risk of violence, crimes and atrocities and can come along with the justification of violence, which is not useful in a peacebuilding process. Different approaches lead to different results, and the final goal of SSR is to be examined and can at this point only be assumed to sustainable and long-lasting peace without leaving a chance of relapsing into violence and conflict. The question therefore arises: are those security-centred approaches including the SSR concept the appropriate mean for preparing the path to long lasting peace? Or is peace as a mean the actual and more sustainable tool of reaching security?