Security assistance–providing weapons, training, advising, and other forms of assistance to state and non-state armed forces–is playing an increasing role in US and European security strategy. How does the provision of military assistance impact governance, human security, and peacebuilding in fragile states? What steps can donor states take to prevent the misuse or diversion of their weapons transfers and lessen adverse impacts on societal welfare?

This three-day research workshop at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brought academics and practitioners together to discuss emerging scholarship, develop new research collaborations, and explore the critical issues posed by the provision of military aid and assistance to actors in fragile states.

Primary contact: Professor Patricia L. Sullivan, Department of Public Policy