Security Force Assistance (SFA) – the training and equipping of a foreign security force – represent a common form of intervention into fragile states.

Øystein H. Rolandsen, Maggie Dwyer and William Reno are guest editors of a special issue of the journal Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding that has just been published*.*

In this issue (available with open access) they have invited leading scholars from different fields to see the phenomenon of Security Force Assistance from different angles and with empirical data from different countries and regions in Africa.