Supporting External Security Sector Oversight in Georgia


Conference on Security Sector Governance

On October 12, PMCG along with its consortium partners hosted a conference in Tbilisi, Georgia on the topic of “Building Effective and Resilient Security Sector Governance in Georgia” where policy practitioners and experts delivered substantial presentations. In addition, panel discussions were followed by interactive sessions with representatives of ministries, international organizations, and civil society, as well as members of parliament and academics.

We are successfully continuing the implementation of the project Support to Security Sector Oversight Bodies in Georgia, which aims to consolidate and strengthen the role and activities of independent oversight bodies in Georgia in line with best EU and international practices. With this in mind, conducting the conference for a wider audience marked another key achievement in underlining the relevance and importance of the security sector in the country.

The conference was divided into three main parts. Firstly, Dr. Marina Caparini, a senior researcher and director at the Governance and Society Program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), discussed the essential components of good security governance and the role of oversight institutions.

The second part was delivered by Mr. Mikheil Darchiashvili, a senior governance expert with vast experience of working in defense and security policy, who presented an overview of the institutional and legal reforms and the evolution of oversight practices from 2010 to 2022. Meanwhile, the panel discussion on the culture of security sector governance was moderated by Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO and Chairman of PMCG.

The final part of the conference touched upon hybrid warfare and information warfare operations on conducting oversight functions and cooperation between stakeholders, with a presentation given by Ofer Fridman, a senior lecturer in war studies and director of operations at the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) at King’s College London.

Participants and invited guests also discussed the existing gaps between governmental bodies and institutions in the context of supporting and reforming the security sector in Georgia. The panelists addressed the current state of play in Eastern Europe and the lessons to be learned from Russia’s attempted full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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    Support to Security Sector Oversight Bodies in Georgia

    10 Oct 2021

    The overall objective of this action is to increase human security in Georgia by enhancing the accountability of security-related actors. In particular, the project aims to consolidate and strengthen the role and activities of independent oversight bodies in Georgia in line with best EU and international practices.

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