The democratic oversight of the security sector has become a topic of great importance in contemporary societies, both in consolidated societies as well as societies in transition to democracy. Models for democratic oversight of the security sector are of special relevance for states in transition to democracy, that is models which are adequate and whose validity has been proved. This book provides an outlook on the renaissance currently underway on the relevance accorded to the democratic control of armed forces. Various chapters show that establishing democratic oversight is a difficult and long process.
Drafting a new constitution and defence laws, which define the roles of the various state institutions, is not enough. Creating a qualified and critical mass of civilian experts, independent qualified media, as well as equipped parliaments with sufficient expertise are all long processes which require expertise, time and ressources.