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Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces


Established in October 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss government, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) encourages and supports States and non-State governed institutions in their efforts to strengthen democratic and civilian control of armed and security forces, and promotes security sector reform in accordance with democratic standards.

The Centre collects information and undertakes research in order to identify problems, to gather experience from lessons learned, and to propose best practices in the field of democratic governance of the security sector. The Centre provides its expertise and support, through practical work programmes on the ground, to all interested parties, in particular governments, parliaments, military authorities, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and academic circles.

CAF is an international foundation under Swiss law. DCAF's Foundation Council is made up of 45 governments including Switzerland, 40 other Euro-Atlantic States, 3 African States, and the Canton of Geneva. The Council is headed by Ambassador Edouard Brunner, former Secretary of State of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs DCAF's International Advisory Board is composed of a group of over 60 experts in the various fields of DCAF's activity. DCAF Staff is comprised of some 50 employees coming from about 30 different nationalities. The Centre is directed by Ambassador Dr Theodor H Winkler.

Additional Materials from Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces: Working Papers


Title: Democratising Security in Transition States
Authors: Eden Cole (ed), Katrin Kinzelbach (ed)
Date: April 2006

Title: Security Governance in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
Authors: Alan Bryden (ed), Heiner Hänggi (ed)
Date: February 2006

Title: Women in an Insecure World
Authors: Lea Biason (ed), Marie Vlachovà (ed)
Date: October 2005

Title: Handbook on Making Intelligence Accountable: Legal Standards and Best Practice for Oversight of Intelligence Agencies
Authors: Hans Born, Ian Leigh
Date: September 2005

Title: From Revolution to Reform: Georgia's Struggle with Democratic Institution Building and Security Sector Reform
Authors: Eden Cole (ed), Philip H. Fluri (ed)
Date: September 2005

Title: After Intervention: Public Security Management in Post-Conflict Societies From Intervention to Sustainable Local Ownership
Authors: Anja H. Ebnother (ed), Philip Fluri (ed)
Date: August 2005

Title: Facing the Terrorist Challenge - Central Asia's Role in Regional and International Co-operation
Authors: Anja H. Ebnöther (ed), Ernst M. Felberbauer (ed), Martin Malek (ed)
Date: April 2005

Title: Combating Terrorism and Its Implications for the Security Sector
Authors: Anja H. Ebnöther (ed), Mats B. Hansson (ed), Theodor H. Winkler (ed)
Date: February 2005

Title: Peace Support Operations, Parliaments and Legislation
Authors: Alexander Nikitin (ed)
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Oversight and Guidance: The Relevance of Parliamentary Oversight for the Security Sector and Its Reform
Authors: Hans Born (ed), Philip H. Fluri (ed), Simon Lunn (ed)
Date: (Date Not Available)