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Nora-Elise Beck and Lars Döbert designed and implemented this comprehensive survey among the Syrian diaspora in Germany. The leading question is how Syrians envision a future security sector and a corresponding reform process for their country.
From March to August 2018, a total of 2.318 Syrians living in Germany followed the link to the survey; 619 completed it. First results have been released in June 2019.
The questionnaire included 63 questions in Arabic and covered personal experiences with insecurity and injustice in Syria before and during the war, an assessment of Syrian state security providers and elements of an ideal security sector for post-war Syria. The results give detailed insights into numerous topics related to security and justice sector reform such as citizen-oriented security provision, transparency, oversight, foreign assistance, etc.
If you are interested in the survey and its results, please get in contact with the authors.
“With hostilities in Syria nearing their end, reconstruction is becoming more relevant every day. As the security sector was one of the major causes of the war in Syria, its reform needs to be part of the solution. A continuity of the pre-conflict security sector set-up will inevitably entrench the conditions that led to the outbreak of the conflict.”
“Security Sector Reform (SSR) processes should follow security needs assessments. Understanding the perceptions and necessities of citizens for feeling safe and secure, particularly in post-conflict environments, has an impact on the effectiveness and sustainability of SSR interventions.”