Regional Outreach Program
The main objective of the Security Reform projects is to provide the participants from transformation countries with know-how gathered during the transformation of foreign and security agenda in the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) in the 1990s.
These projects are based on sharing both successes and failures of the transformation process, organized in a form of series of meetings with and briefings by current and former Czech security policy experts and practitioners from parliament, government (Foreign, Defense and Interior ministries), as well as broader security and intelligence community.
Each project combines interactive presentations and formal briefings at the Czech MFA and MOD. The aim of the project is to provide an overview of Czech security reforms and to prepare a creation of a know-how module on security reform. This will include providing the participants with a database of documents (reader with texts of relevant laws, national security strategies and other official documents) and available expert speakers, as well as a program of custom tailored consultations.
In 2014, PSSI launched a project supported by the Czech MFA Transition Program. The aim of the project was to identify key challenges in reform and consolidation of security sector in Ukraine and to offer expert assistance in their managing. In the first phase, PSSI staff consulted local partners from state institutions and NGOs (e.g. Centre for Military-Political Studies) and other partner organizations about their needs and expert demand of security community in Ukraine. The topics and themes overlapping both the Ukrainian demand and the Czech expert capacity were identified, namely the challenge of consolidation of security sector in Ukraine at central and local level.
The Project was implemented by PSSI Team, led by PSSI Senior Fellow Jiří Schneider, that included other security experts from academia and NGOs. Czech diplomats and security advisors in Ukraine were involved in shaping and assisting the project.
In the second phase, PSSI in cooperation with the Institute of World Policy in Kiev, organized a roundtable held on December 11, 2014. It focused on institutional overhaul of security sector with specific focus on mechanism of security clearances and on capacity building in local policing, training and cooperation with local stakeholders, support the work of police at communal level, including restoration of public trust in security forces. In discussion we identified topics for follow-up projects to be implemented by Czech experts, NGOs also incorporation with other countries and ongoing advisory and mentoring missions by OSCE, EU and NATO.
The project will continue in 2015 to enhance capabilities of civil society and NGOs in monitoring security sector, to prepare pilot projects in consolidation of local police units and bring new ideas how to increase transparency by practical application of freedom of information act.
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