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Oversight and Transparency in the Canadian Intelligence Establishment: Lessons for a Young Democracy
Oversight and Transparency in the Canadian Intelligence Establishment: Lessons for a Young Democracy

Author(s): Natasia Kalajdziovski
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Security and defense, Corruption - Transparency - Anti-Corruption
Published by: Analytica
Keywords: Canadian Intelligence Establishment; democracy; transparent dialogue; security; Macedonia; oversight mechanisms;
Summary/Abstract: Intelligence as statecraft has been a long-practiced and embraced manner for nation-states to gather information about both their enemies and allies in equal measure. However, as intelligence practice has become more formalized throughout the past century, new expectations relating to the openness and transparency of intelligence actors – especially those operating in liberal democratic states – came to the fore. There is now an expectation of acknowledgement from intelligence actors toward their populaces about their mandates, purpose, and activities; this is accomplished through both greater efforts at transparent dialogue between the two bodies, but also through comprehensive oversight mechanisms – mechanisms which are put in place to ensure that the activities of intelligence actors remain within their legislative remit and within the law.

  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English