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?
For more information about the Forum 2000 Conference, please click here.
For more information about the panel discussion, please click here.
On March 16–17 PSSI, in cooperation with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference was a key event within the ... more »
On March 21, RMSSP students visited Radio Free Europe and met with Natalia Churikova, broadcaster in RFE Ukrainian service. RMSSP students got a rare opportunity to visit workspaces (including the room for broadcasting) and to see journalist ... more »
The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) published a Summary Report from its third Space Security Conference that was convened, in partnership with the Secure World Foundation (SWF), on June 5-7, 2016, in Prague. This gathering, entitled “Advancing ... more »
On March 14, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Urban, journalist and one of the leading figures of Czech dissent. The deliberation started with an overview of the influence of technological innovations on journalism. According to Mr. ... more »
On February 27, PSSI and Slovak Foreign Policy Association organized a roundtable on Russian influence in Central Europe. The event was a joint session for two projects – “The Development of Economic Relations Between V4 and Russia: Before ... more »
On March 6, RMSSP students welcomed Roger W. Robinson, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute. At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Robinson pointed out that economy is one of the main dimensions of hybrid ... more »
© PSSI 2011 - 2017 · The Prague Security Studies Institute, Pohořelec 6, 118 00 Prague 1 - Czech Republic