The Role of Parliament in the Process of Security Sector Reform

Where and when

6-8 June 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia



Security sector reform (SSR) is a complicated concept that needs further exploration in transitional democracies such as Georgia. SSR in a nutshell is an effort to make the security sector more effective, but at the same time also more accountable. One of the most important facets of SSR is to strive for increased interagency cooperation between security sector actors such as the military, police and the intelligence services, but also the political responsible ministries of defence, foreign affairs, interior, justice and finance, in order to counter threats like organised crime, terrorism but also corruption.

The institutions overseeing the security sector are often regarded as part of the security system as a whole. In this regard parliament is the most important and vocal player. And as such it has a fundamental role to play in the process of SSR. In our seminar we will in the morning sessions focus on the broader process of SSR and the role parliaments can play in this endeavour. In the afternoon we will focus on one important strand of SSR: defence reforms. Again, we will specifically consider which responsibilities parliaments have in this regard and what challenges lay ahead.

Further issues to be discussed during this first seminar are: What are the fundamentals and principles of SSR? Why is it imperative in transitional democracies? Which prerequisites need to be met in a country before an efficient and effective process of SSR can materialise? What is the situation in Georgia and which processes are already underway? Which lessons can Georgia learn from other countries in the field parliamentary oversight of SSR and defence reforms?

This seminar is specifically not a platform for imposing a ‘best’ model for conducting an SSR process. Learning from each other in a productive fashion is our main goal. We are aiming for free and open discussions. Participants are encouraged to contribute actively and frankly.


Key elements

  • One-day seminar;
  • Two-day training (back to back with the seminar);
  • (Individual) coaching meetings (in the same week as the seminar and the training courses);


Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in Georgia: A Capacity Building Programme for the Defence and Security Committee


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