Leaders to discuss Ukrainian security reform

GARMISCH, Germany — More than 30 government officials, decision makers and intelligence experts participate in a seminar on democratic oversight of intelligence activities in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 24.

The seminar is the first in a series co-sponsored by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the NATO Liaison Office in Kiev as Ukraine begins a comprehensive reform of its security sector.

Participants will examine the roles of the executive and legislative branches in providing democratic oversight of intelligence activities, as well as the responsibilities of the intelligence community in the oversight process. They will also consider lessons learned by NATO accession countries, which will be presented by representatives involved in the process. At the end of the seminar, participants will provide recommendations for the way ahead.

Participants will include staff officers from the ministry of interior, the office of the president, the office of the prime minister, the Council on National Security and Defense, members of the intelligence community and parliamentary staffers involved in oversight of intelligence activities.

The seminar will consist of morning presentations followed by a working lunch. After lunch, participants break into working groups and conclude with a session featuring reports from the working groups. The seminar will be conducted in Ukrainian and English. A strict policy of non-attribution will be used.

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