The fourth edition of the Security Sector Reform Monitor: Afghanistan investigates efforts to enhance the rule of law, arguing that reforms been burdened by unrealistic expectations for the pace of institutional reform and public acceptance, questionable claims regarding the short-term efficacy of judicial reform as a stabilizing element in a counterinsurgency environment and reluctant or mismanaged engagement with traditional justice structures.

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The Security Sector Reform Monitor is a quarterly publication that tracks developments and trends in the ongoing security sector reform (SSR) processes of five countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, East Timor, Haiti and South Sudan. Every quarter, there will be separate editions for each case study country. Adopting a holistic definition of the security sector, the Monitor will cover a wide range of actors, topics and themes, from reforms in the rule of law institutions and armed forces to demilitarization activities and the role of non-statutory security and justice actors.