The role of epistemic communities: local think tanks, international practitioners and security sector reform in Kosovo

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Abstract

Security sector reform (SSR) in Kosovo remains complex and challenging. The existing approach is heavily driven by international agencies. This article addresses the question: What role is played by local research in Kosovo’s SSR? This study focuses on the challenges that local research poses to internationally led SSR in Kosovo, and the contribution that local researchers make to the decision-making of international practitioners. In Kosovo, local research organizations produce research analysing and critiquing international SSR and offering alternative approaches. The study builds on existing studies of epistemic communities and research use in policy-making and new evidence based on the author’s interview survey of researchers and policy-makers in Kosovo. The article argues that focusing on the interaction between local researchers and international policy practitioners provides valuable insight into the construction of Kosovo’s SSR. The study deconstructs the structures, processes and agencies at the heart of the local/international relationship. It explains how local research on topics of security, justice and rule of law, and its interaction with international practitioners, challenges international SSR and contributes to international SSR decision-making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-299
Number of pages19
JournalSoutheast European and Black Sea Studies
Volume18
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • local research
  • security sector reform
  • policy-making
  • international rules
  • Kosovo

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