Promoting Good Governance in the Security Sector of Turkey

Objective

  • Enhancing the capacity for good governance in Turkey’s security Sector
    • Promote good governance, transparency, accountability and the rule of law
    • Help to encourage and empower civil society to participate in monitoring and overseeing the security sector.

Key elements

  • Five day programme for various target groups:
    • Paper workshop (1 day)
    • Seminar (1 day)
    • Training Course (3 days)
    • Didactical Workshop (1 evening)
  • Mixed groups (civil servants, parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, media workers & civil society)
  • Papers of participant to be published

Activities

Publication on Promoting Good Governance in the Security Sector of Turkey
Winter 2012

Winter Course TOBB-CESS
18 January - 8 February 2013

Conference Good Governance of the Security Sector in Turkey: Reflections and Prospects
14 December 2012

Study Visit Turkish Delegation to The Hague
29 October - 2 November 2012

Training Workshop: Civil Direction of the Military
25-27 June 2012

Conference: Civil Direction of the Military
22 June 2012

Training Workshop: The Rule of Law and the Security Sector
9-11 May 2012

Conference: The Rule of Law and the Security Sector
8 May 2012

Interactive Seminar: Financial Accountability and Budgetary Transparency of the Defence Sector
14-16 March 2012

High Level Meeting: Financial Accountability and Transparency in the Security Sector
13 March 2012

Interactive Seminar: Democratic Oversight of the Security Sector
7-9 December 2011

High Level Meeting: Democratic Oversight of the Security Sector
6 December 2011

Interactive Seminar: Civil Direction of the Military
14-16 September 2011

High Level Meeting: Civil Direction of the Military: Sharing Experiences
13 September 2011

Interactive Seminar: the Rule of Law and the Security Sector
23-25 March 2011

High Level Meeting: the Rule of Law and the Security Sector
22 March 2011

High Level Meeting: Financial Accountability and Transparency in the Security Sector
14 December 2010

Interactive Seminar: Financial Accountability and Budgetary Transparency of the Defence Sector
14-16 December 2010

Interactive Seminar: Democratic Oversight of the Security Sector
13-15 October 2010

High Level Meeting: Democratic Oversight of the Security Sector
12 October 2010

Publications

Promoting Good Governance in the Security Sector: Principles and Challenges

Background reading

Turkey has large and highly professional armed forces, which also play a leading role in formulating defence and security policy, under the political responsibility of the Prime Minister, but there are too few civilians working in the making and execution of security policy. Indeed, few civilians are at present prepared for such work. And above all, current practitioners do not sufficiently understand the implications of democratic reform for their work and their role. Nor are they sufficiently familiar with the need for collaboration amongst government agencies, between uniformed and civilian officials, and between government, journalists and civil society. In a nutshell, Turkey lacks civilian capacity for the making, execution and oversight of security policy.

Today it is not enough for security officials to do their work competently, honestly and efficiently. Internationally affirmed norms also require them to work transparently and fairly, to account for their actions, to respect human rights and civil liberties and to be sensitive to the wishes and concerns of the population. It is not easy to meet such demands, and no country can claim to consistently provide good governance in the security sector, or indeed anywhere else. The best signs of a well-governed country are a climate of accountability and tough institutions monitoring everyone who wields public power.

Good governance is especially difficult to achieve in the security sector. There are various reasons for this, such as uncertainty, secrecy, complexity and the use of force. But for similar reasons, it is vitally important for the security sector to be well governed. Hence good governance is most difficult to achieve where it is most needed. Our project will address these problems by helping to develop civilian capacity for good governance in the security sector.

Sponsored by

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands (MATRA)  

Duration

April 2010 – March 2013

In Co-operation with

Bilkent University, Ankara & IPC Sabanci University, Istanbul
ARI Movement, Istanbul