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PSSI and Forum 2000 Foundation are organizing a panel discussion “From Oppressors to Guardians? Role of the Security Apparatus in Countries Affected by the Arab Spring,” as part of the 17th annual Forum 2000 Conference

04.09.2013

On September 17, 2013, the Prague Security Studies Institute and Forum 2000 Foundation are organizing a panel discussion “From Oppressors to Guardians? Role of the Security Apparatus in Countries Affected by the Arab Spring,” as part of the 17th Forum 2000 Conference, “Societies in Transition.” The event will take place at Goethe-Institut, Masarykovo nábřeží 32, Prague 1 from 17:00 to 18:30.

Among the speakers are Noman Benotman, President of the Quilliam Foundation, Efraim Halevy, Former Director of Mossad, and Ahmed Maher, Activist and Blogger from Egypt. The discussion will be chaired by Jan Fingerland from Czech Radio.

The role of the security apparatus in countries affected by the Arab Spring has mostly escaped the media limelight, and two years after the onset of the Arab Spring, it deserves a closer look. The police and the army were only rarely serving the people as guardians of the democratic system, constitutional order or human and political rights. Before the Arab Spring, mistreatment of citizens and a heavy-handed approach in suppression of public discontent and the opposition used to be a common trait among the security apparatuses in the Arab world.

Has it changed ever since? Can a former tool of the regime be transformed into a force that serves the people and not the party? Is the security apparatus in Arab countries part of the problem, or is it part of the solution when it comes to the transition to democracy? What can the local society, NGOs, and the West do to help transform the country’s security apparatus towards a democratically controlled institution?

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PSSI publishes article on space hybrid warfare deterrence via economic and financial tools

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PSSI to host a lecture on the subject of cyber security on 18 September 2017

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The Call for Applications to Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program (RMSSP) 2017/2018 is Now Open!

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PSSI Contributed to CIR Report "Information warfare in the Internet"

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