Concluding Conference: “Democratic Governance in the Security Sector: Lessons of the STARLINK Programme in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine”

Where and when

13 December 2007, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague

Description

On 13 December 2007 CESS organised the conference called Democratic Governance in the Security Sector: Lessons of the STARLINK Programme in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. This was the climax of a programme which for two years provided transitional countries with training programmes for democratic reform in their security sector. About 100 CESS partners and other SSR experts gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. They came from the five Starlink beneficiary countries, neighbouring countries like Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, international organisations like NATO and the OSCE, and government departments and research institutes in the Netherlands. The morning sessions focussed on the Starlink programme, its contents and its achievements. Our partner organisations used the opportunity to explain how Starlink operated in their respective countries, and how cooperation between their institutes and CESS developed. In the afternoon three working groups dealt with specific obstacles to democratic governance in the security sector. After these sessions three Rapporteurs highlighted in the findings of the working groups. During the final session the floor was again given to Starlink partners and the sponsors of the programme, namely the Netherlands Foreign Ministry and the OSCE offices in Armenia and Azerbaijan. They reflected on the potential for further development and wider use of the Starlink modules and training courses. The message of our partners was constructive and hopeful: Starlink was received well in the beneficiary countries and there is a need for the programme to be continued in the ‘old’ Starlink countries, and extended to new ones.

Programmes

STARLINK: Security, Transparency, Accountability and Reform: Linking the Security Sectors of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to the European Mainstream

Questions

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