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Following last month's launch of our case studies on security in Timor-Leste and Liberia, Erika Kirwen takes a look at the shared lessons that emerge, building on her experience working in both countries. Underpinning a range of lessons learned is the idea that the best solutions to problems are pragmatic and locally-led – allowing actors to 'do things their own way'.
Sarah Dewhurst is a Research Associate with Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, working as an Advisor to NGO Belun in Timor-Leste. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance exploring non-traditional approaches to Security Sector Reform.