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Middle East police reform will see slow progress

Friday, January 10, 2020

Subject

Policing in Arab countries.

Significance

Police forces play a central role in political life and maintaining state security across the Arab region. However, their position has faced increasing challenges -- from mass popular protests, competing security structures and calls for institutional reform.

Impacts

  • Reform movements will demand that recalcitrant administrations adopt community consultation methods.
  • Western donors will deepen engagement with police forces in ways that both empower and undermine reformers.
  • Failure to address entrenched security sectors could set back some political transitions.
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