Negotiating a new constitution is an important element of a political transition to constitutional democracy. Security sector reform is often a critical factor for a successful transition, and a central topic for negotiation during the constitution building process. Given the variety of actors involved, and the wide differences in background and interests between them, negotiations risk failure due to a lack of understanding of mutual and different interests. Few to no resources exist, either to provide guidance on how to structure the process of security sector reform negotiations, or to offer an account of how parties involved in constitutional negotiations should set the agenda for security sector reform. The project's objective is to provide a set of guiding principles for security sector reform in the context of constitution building processes.


The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

Project Leads and Project Experts

Project Leads: Zoltan Barany (University of Texas); Sumit Bisarya (International IDEA), Sujit Choudhry (Constitutional Transitions), Richard Stacey (Toronto).

16 experts from 11 countries.


Policy Manual; 9 case-studies; edited volume to be published by Oxford University Press.