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The Role of Bilateral Support for Police Reform Processes: The Case of the United States: Otwin Marenin

Bilateral support for police reform processes reflects the judgement of the political and police leaders in donor countries that national, organizational and personal interests will be furthered by the time, effort and resources expended in promoting reform. The question I will discuss here is this: under what conditions is there donor support for police reforms in war-topeace transitions? My thesis is that such support requires three conditions: (1) a foreign policy agenda which legitimates assistance to establish or reform foreign police forces; (2) a security ideology which can convince security agencies likely to be involved in delivering assistance that support is in their interest; and (3) a perceived policy capacity to overcome the numerous obstacles to implementation. All three conditions change with time, and so does support.