Building Arafat's Police: The Politics of International by Brynjar Lia

Building Arafat's Police: The Politics of International by Brynjar Lia

By Brynjar Lia

This booklet examines the position of foreign donors in growing and reforming the Palestinian police and safety forces, starting within the early aftermath of the Oslo Accords to the outbreak of the second one Intifada, which introduced such a lot police reform efforts to a standstill. the writer explores the demanding situations and dilemmas dealing with the donor nations once they strived to help in construction a police that used to be being with no the framework of an self sufficient nation. except supplying special perception into the issues of supplying relief to police forces created via a countrywide liberation association in a battle torn society, this books additionally bargains a much more specified and exact account of a miles missed learn subject, specifically police reform efforts within the heart East peace method. The e-book demonstrates how the donor officers struggled to beat ingrained unwillingness at domestic opposed to using reduction money for police reform reasons, whereas whilst maneuvering uneasily among Israeli obstructionism and defense issues, rivalries among Palestinian police generals, in addition to a scarcity of Palestinian preparedness for the technical and functional points of police reform. according to a number of recent unpublished resources, spanning from Palestinian Authority records, inner Palestinian Police courses, a different entry to the documents of the Norwegian international Ministry (which chaired crucial police coordination committees), the current examine offers a distinct perception right into a hitherto uncharted territory in modern Palestinian and heart jap historical past. This publication may be of priceless curiosity to scholars, researchers and practitioners within the box of safety area reform and foreign police assistance.

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3 [26] 391 02 Building Arafat's Police 11/6/06 10:58 AM Page 27 DONOR DIPLOMACY AND THE POLITICS OF POLICE AID AFTER OSLO Behind the rhetoric of ‘economic growth equals peace and security’, one could discern another and more powerful donor motivation. The Occupied Territories were a high-profile aid area, both in terms of media attention and international involvement, providing a large potential for political returns on aid investments. The political implications of the manifold increase in foreign funding, filling the vacuum created by a shrinking Arab aid flow, were obvious.

25 The US also conveyed these views to the Norwegian delegation at a donor meeting in Paris on 16 December 1993, and added that it was of utmost importance that the Palestinian Police did not develop into a military force. Any attempts at militarizing the force must be checked. 26 Apart from the United States, the MFA contacted the World Bank and the European Union about possible police assistance. 27 These efforts were not very successful. 28 The MFA was concerned about the cool responses regarding the police aid issue, as it was then clearly the PLO’s top priority.

Daniel and Hayes (1995), p. xx. 10 Boutros-Ghali (1992), p. 32. 11 The term ‘security gap’ was introduced in Oakley et al. (1998). 12 Chalmers (2000), Introduction. See also World Bank (1997). 13 Marenin (1998a), p. 153. 14 Marenin (1998b) and (1998a). 15 Since 1964, the UNCivPol units have been part of over 15 peacekeeping operations, on four continents, and they have formed monitoring units ranging in size from 26 monitors to c. 3,500 monitors from more than 50 UN member states. Hartz (2000), p.

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