Stabilisation Series

The Stabilisation Series includes the revised UK Approach to Stabilisation (2014) Principles of Stabilisation and Security Sector Stabilisation. These outlines what stabilisation is from the UK perspective, and based on SU’s experience, how stabilisation should be applied. They are short guides meant for policy makers, programmers and deployees to guide them in designing and delivering stabilisation activities.


2014 UK Approach to Stabilisation

The UK Approach to Stabilisation (2014) provides tri-departmentally agreed guidance on how the UK conceives of stabilisation as a political process.  It is aimed at readers across the civil-military, diplomatic, defence and development communities.

Principles for Stabilisation Operations and Programmes

Based on lessons learned and best practice over the last decade, the Principles of Stabilisation identify nine key areas that stabilisation operations and their staff must consider during their deployments.

Security Sector Stabilisation

This paper examines practice in stabilising the Security and Justice sector in fragile and conflict-affected states. The central challenge is how to enhance the legitimacy of the political authority by improving security and justice where achieving even basic security and political progress can be problematic. Stabilisation environments involve turbulent politics, persistent political violence and weak organisational and institutional capacity. These factors hinder change and it may be too soon for meaningful long-term reform programmes: the pressing need is for an immediate reduction in violence.

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