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Security sector reform in Georgia – strengthening of capacities, building of democratic institutions and sharing of experiences from transformation process


The project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Georgian Security Sector Reform (SSR) and increase the intensity of reforms in this field. Experience sharing in transition, support for building of democratic institutions. The strategic objective is to support capacities and capabilities necessary for Georgia’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures and stabilize the South Caucasus region.

Project will focus at three specific goals:
1.    Development of a model of mutual relations and competencies in the Georgian security sector
2.    Institutionalization of long term defense planning – building of capacities and relevant institutions
3.  Development of human capital at the ministries of foreign affairs and defense – assistance and development of civilian and military educational system in the area of security

In every area a exact plan and a number of recommendation for Georgian institutions will be developed. Plan will include:
– identification of problems and needs
– identification of the main actors responsible for the given area and having the competence for their solving
– way how the given problem was solved as a part of the security sector reform in Slovakia as well as possible application on the Slovak experiences
– proposal of exact solutions also with time table

Project will continue with the already existing activities of the CENAA in the region, including Georgia, which is a strategic partner. Currently, CENAA is a leader among Central European countries in the area of security sector reform in the South Caucasus. Realization of the project will confirm position of Slovakia as a leader in the area of security sector reform, as well as Slovak expert and diplomatic presence in the strategic region. In addition it will help in building of relationships between Slovak and Georgian experts and institutions.

Strategic supporters of CENAA´s activities in Georgia are Slovakaid and International Visegrad Fund.


Previous CENAA activities in Georgia


CENAA activities in Georgia are focusing on relatively wide spectrum of expert themes: integration experiences and their application and potencial implementation, building of institutional capacities, Security Sector Reform and Reform of Armed Forces. Within the framework of these activities our Central European partners are Instutute of International Relations – IIR (Czech Republic), International Centre for Democratic Transition – ICDT (Hungary), Polish Institute of International Affairs – PISM (Poland), in Georgia Ministry of Defence and network of NGOs and think-tanks.

On 4th – 5th November 2010 CENAA with the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) coorganized two day conference on “The Challenges in Transatlantic Integration. Experiences Sharing of Visegrad Countries with Georgia”. Event was attended by representatives of Ministry of Defence, NGOs, academics and  young experts dealing with the international relations and defence policy.

Conference was also attended by State Secretary of Ministry of Defence of Slovakia, Róbert Ondrejcsák, who presented Slovak Strategic Defence Review and role of strategic documents within the defence planning. Vladimír Tarasovič (MoD SR) focused on the reform of the Slovak Armed Forces and Monika Masariková (CENAA) debated with participants role of NGOs in the Transatlantic integration and role of public support and media. Partners from Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary – Michal Kořan (Institute of International Relations, Prague), Beáta Górka Winter (Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsow) a Sándor Koles (International Centre for Democratic Transition, Budapest) shared experience of V4 from various projects related to Transatlantic integration and security sector reform.  Georgian panel with Nona Tadumadze (National Security Studies Centre, Tbilisi) and Teona Akubardia (Civil Council on Defence and Security, Tbilisi) debated challenges of Georgian integration.

As a part of conference, CENAA organized also networking, during which participating NGOs introduced their future projects. CENAA and IAS will cooperate with them in future on events of this kind in following months.