African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR) is an independent, non-governmental institute based in Accra, Ghana, specializing in issues of secuirty and their relationship with democratic consolidation. It seeks to combine advocacy and dialogue by bringing together legislators, scholars, defense and security officials, and civil society ativists in a serious, informed, and sustained exchange on defense and security issues, and commit to research and analysis as a means of expanding the (limited) database on the security sector available to African civilian decions-makers an non-specialists.