guide to Internet sources on Security in Divided Societies.
1/02 (May 2002, compiled by Kelly McDermott)
in this guide does not imply an endorsement by INCORE of the views
expressed in any of these sources.
sources (A select list drawn from the categories below)
This list does not imply a recommendation of the sources or an endorsement
of the views expressed in any of these sources. It is a select list
drawn from the other categories in this document.
Relations and Security Network
ISN includes news, databases, events, projects and journals related
to security issues world-wide. Focus is primarily on international
issues, but internal security topics are included as well. Links
library, FIRST reference database and publishing house especially
helpful in searching for specific sources and topics.
Eastern Europe Regional Documentation Network (SEEDON)
The Documentation Network/Virtual Library is an excellent resource.
Searchable by country, the site has links, articles, and data ranging
from official reports to statistics to media resources and internet
links. The vast majority of information on this site is directly
related to security matters. Some material is only available by
cite; most is linked to its home institution at the very least.
HLC reviews many aspects of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
Articles are available in full-text on-line. Some areas of interest
can be found under Civil Remedies (articles relating to compensation
for security forces’ actions, punishments, accountability
issues), war crimes trials; Minorities (some articles focus on abuse
and use of force by security forces, abuse/harassment by police,
etc.); Resistance (information on arrests/re-arrests of resistance
workers, police harassment of resistance advocates, etc.); Torture;
Other (reports of police inaction, security forces’ violations,
failures to comply, etc.)
Table of Contents and Abstracts available on-line. ESJ looks at
security in general, but also contains material relevant to internal
conflict. Example: “Civil-Military Cooperation In Complex
Emergencies: Finding Ways To Make It Work” by Joëlle
Jenny and “The Russian Security Council” by Carolina
Vendil, both in Vol. 10, No. 2.
A comprehensive site on Indian security, with links to government
agencies, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions,
and personal web pages. Highlights include news and events available
by military branch; forums on security and strategic issues and
history and current affairs as well as forum archives on other topics;
links to branches- see also military links at Bharat Rakshak for
both Indian and worldwide military sites; and a brief history of
conflicts since 1947.
Asia Terrorism Portal
A must see site for anyone looking at South Asian security issues.
Includes links to India and specific regions (such as Jammu and
Kashmir and Punjab), gives background information to conflicts,
assessments, lings to documents, including acts and ordinances,
data sheets, etc.
East Review of International Affairs (MERIA)
Full text articles dating back to 1997, plus special reports. The
website also contains information on research guides, books, and
has links to GLORIA (Global Research in International Affairs).
The journal itself is a wealth of information for anyone looking
at Middle East issues, in particular Israel and security/defense
Published by the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa,
Many relevant articles to security, both military and policing,
in South and Southern Africa.
– Military Defense Journals –
ISN provides a list of security related journals, both Swiss and
international, including a short description of the focus and content
of each, codes as to on-line availability, and links. A few of particular
interest are listed below.
Forces Journal International
An American Journal focusing first on American military issues,
but often includes comparative articles as well as articles
specifically for policymakers on issues and countries world-wide.
Key articles in the current issue and previous issue are available
full-text. The site also includes two other journals, “Training
and Simulation” and “Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance.”
An American perspective on defense in general- relevant articles
are available full text. While the defense section covers all
aspects and articles on defense, researchers may find some of
particular interest, such as “Peace is Hell” –
William Langewiesche, Oct. 2001.
This journal contains a lot on interstate security, but several
articles do focus on internal security issues in particular
case countries, such as Russia and South Asia. A few back issues
are available only in Table of Contents format, but current
volume is available full text.
Table of Contents available for issues dating back to 1994-
full text available on-line to subscribers. While focus is on
international security, internal conflict and security is also
prevalent throughout volumes- example: Volume 24, Issue 4, Spring
2000 contains relevant articles on the former Yugoslavia.
of Strategic Studies
JSS discusses many regional issues, such as China/Southeast
Asia, European Security, and the Middle East (see Vol. 20 in
particular). Table of Contents and Abstracts available on-line.
Contains articles relevant to international and internal security.
For example, March 2002 issue includes articles on Taiwan, Russia,
Korea, terrorism, and of notable interest “Intervention
as Nation-Building: Illusion or Possibility?” –
Andrea Kathryn Talentino. Table of Contents for issues dating
back to 1997 listed on-line, as well as abstracts for the current
A comprehensive journal covering a wide range of issues and
countries/regions. Of particular interest is Volume 8, especially
issues 1, 2, and 3 and Volume 10, issue 2 for a recent article
on the security dilemma in ethnic conflict. Table of Contents
and Abstracts available on-line.
Sanjay. “Ethnic Armies- Race and Security Forces in Fiji,
Guyana and Trinidad.” Monitor. Vol. 3(2), September-October
Robert and Michael Dziedzic. “Policing the New World Disorder.”
Institute for National Strategic Studies – Strategic Forum,
No. 84 October 1996. http://www.ndu.edu/inss/strforum/forum84.html
Robert B., Michael J. Dziedzic, and Eliot M. Goldberg (eds).
Policing the New World Disorder: Peace Operations and Public
Security. Institute for National Strategic Studies, 1998. Chapters
available full text. Case countries include Cambodia, Somalia,
El Salvador, Panama, Mozambique, Haiti and Bosnia; other chapters
discuss relevant issues.
Rudolph. “Chaillot Paper 23: The Democratic Control of
the Armed Forces.” Institute for Security Studies, February
Colonel Dan and Rachel Stohl. “The Evolving Role of Military
Forces in Human Security.” Center for Defense Information,
April 2000. http://www.cdi.org/issues/failedstates/april2000.html
Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
DCAF provides full reports of seminars and conferences, as well
as information on its work programmes (working groups), news and
events, and a digital library. The site is full of relevant information
for all interested in security information. For example, follow
the links from work programme to working groups to Legal Dimension
of Democratic Control of Armed Forces, and under projects, a legal
database of over 100 legal acts from a variety of countries on several
topics relating to security issues, including police and intelligence,
is available. A list of acts relating to a country and topic will
be given, and if full text access is needed, the contact information
is available. The digital library is accessible in four languages,
including English, and provides lists of resources, bibliographies,
etc. available on-line. While the lists are not extensive, the material
that is provided is often of particular relevance to many security
Relations and Security Network – ISN
Run by the Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research at
the ETH – Zurich. Contains news updates, current affairs links,
and specific topic and country links. From the “Links”
option, can choose region and then country – or – to
subject, such as Military/Defense. A very complete site- may be
useful to start with the site/link map.
Centre for Defence and International Security Studies
Centre covers a wide range of topics relevant to security, including
terrorism, arms control, technology and missile threats. Publications
include the Bailrigg Papers, some of which are particularly relevant
to intrastate security, specifically in Russia and South Africa.
See the provided links page for more defence sites.
Relations – CDISS
Includes material specific to security issues within states under
topics such as “Armed Services and the State,” “Constitution
and Military Law,” “Reserve Forces and Conscription,”
and “Women, Minorities and Rights.”
Centre for Strategic Studies
South Asia specific forum on regional issues and security. See publications.
Several articles on security and defense, including defense expenditures,
available in full text. Newsletters also available on-line under
– Facts on International Relations and Security Trends
Joint Project of ISN and SIPRI
– provides databases
and statistics for a large range of security topics, including weaponry,
conventions, etc., searchable by topic and country.
for Peace – Consortium
of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes
The Consortium is host to a variety of relevant working groups,
including groups specific to Southern Asia and South Eastern Europe,
and by topics such as civil-military relations. While relatively
new, this organisation looks to become a very comprehensive and
helpful site- the list of links across Europe is impressive, and
its publications are beginning to gain momentum with the start of
an on-line journal. Papers and Working group reports are also available
Institute of Justice
- The Vera Institute concentrates on US policing issues, but has
also developed a comparative project- “Policing in Democratic
Societies,” looking at countries such as Chile, Nigeria, and
on Policing - Briefly discusses the challenges to policing in
Centre for Conflict Prevention and Transformation
The Centre focuses on Peacebuilding and Prevention, and provides
on-line access to articles and surveys. Many are relevant to security
issues and overcoming challenges in divided societies. While there
are many articles on Africa, other areas such as Northern Ireland
and Germany are also reviewed.
C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Of particular interest for researchers is the ability to search
the Marshall Center library for bibliographic references. The site
also contains MERLN – the Military Education Research Library
Network – a consortium of libraries. While material is not
available full-text, the libraries are helpful for those seeking
text citations. Some citations will provide links to on-line access.
for War and Peace Reporting
An interesting site focusing on media also takes a look at security
issues in divided societies around the world. Specific projects
in the Balkans are useful, and information is available for several
countries, including Israel. Reports, human rights report cards,
and links are all available.
Internet-based human rights organisation provides information by
country. Includes links and articles on most of the countries covered
on this site, as well as many others. Many of the topics covered
are related to abuse by security forces; some include recommendations
for solutions and reforms of security forces.
Includes reports and news updates on many relevant topics and countries;
reports often focus on abuse of power/authority and human rights
violations. Particularly interesting are the recommendations included
in many reports to both the state governments and to the international
community. See “Rights at Risk: Amnesty International’s
Concerns Regarding Security Legislation and Law Enforcement Measures”
18 January 2002; AI Index ACT 30/001/2002.
Human Rights Watch also focuses on the abuses of human rights, and
produces press statements and reports relevant to the topic of security
in divided societies.
for Army Lessons Learned (CALL)
This site provides access to several databases as well as its own
published material. “Public access” is available to
all; “restricted access” requires subscription. Interesting
military perspectives on security issues in several divided societies,
as well as post-conflict reforms.