- Content Type
- Commentary and Analysis
- Centre for European Security Studies
- In the second half of 2007 we decided to take the Starlink
programme further east and got in touch with the Netherlands
Embassy in Astana to investigate possibilities in Kazakhstan.
During a fact-finding mission in November 2007 we found
that there was a clear need to develop capacity for democratic governance in the security sector of Kazakhstan.
The country is engaged in a process of reform that, if
successful, will improve oversight of the security agencies,
enable the country to fulfil the commitments it undertook
in its NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan of 2006, and
enhance Kazakhstan’s standing at the OSCE. Kazakhstan
will hold the presidency of the OSCE in 2010. It is obvious
that Kazakhstan has put in place several of the laws and
institutions required for democratic oversight of the security
sector, and others are likely to follow. However, Kazakhstan
still has some way to go to foster a culture of accountability.
Here Starlink training courses will be helpful. The Starlink
programme has been included in Kazakhstan’s Individual
Partnership Action Plan.
- International Relations, International Affairs
- Political Geography
- Global Focus