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Security Intelligence Services in New Democracies : The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania - Kieran Williams

Security Intelligence Services in New Democracies

The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania

Hardcover Published: 18th December 2000
ISBN: 9780333713723
Number Of Pages: 291

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An account of the secret police in Eastern Europe before and after 1989, this book uses a wide range of sources, including archives, to identify what has and has not changed since the end of communism. After explaining the structure and workings of two of the area's most feared services, Czechoslovakia's StB and Romania's Securitate, the authors details the creation of new security intelligence institutions, the development of contacts with the West, and forms of democratic control.

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`This is an engagingly written and extremely topical book that sheds new light on the important relationship between political transition and the reform of security services. The authors explore the concept of security intelligence and place the discussion of post-Communist Europe within the wider context of transitions from authoritarian rule and security-sector reform. The substantive chapters on Czech, Slovak and Romanian security services are extremely well researched and shed new light on the intricate details of security reform; one cannot find this detailed information elsewhere in English-language sources. This is an important and informative book.' - Charles King, Ion Ratui Chair of Romanian Studies, Georgetown University

List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
What is security intelligence?p. 1
Comparative framework for control and oversightp. 4
Complaints proceduresp. 16
Post-communism's specificitiesp. 17
The StB in Czechoslovakia, 1945-89p. 24
The origin of a political policep. 27
Deviations from the political-police identityp. 30
The informer legionsp. 32
The extent of surveillance and persecutionp. 37
Major operations against societyp. 39
The StB in November 1989p. 45
Czechoslovakia, 1990-2p. 55
The imperfect purgep. 57
New institutionsp. 62
Legislating for FBISp. 66
The brief life of FBISp. 69
Lustrationp. 73
Conclusionp. 76
The Czech Republic since 1993p. 83
The security and institutional contextsp. 83
BIS Mk Ip. 87
BIS Mk IIp. 92
The man from Marsp. 102
Foreign relationsp. 111
The StB legacyp. 113
Conclusionp. 114
Slovakia since 1993p. 123
The Meciar factorp. 124
The legislative frameworkp. 126
SIS's false startp. 127
Lexa's unsecret servicep. 130
Parliament's unseeing 'eye of the cyclops'p. 140
Foreign relationsp. 145
SIS and organized crimep. 146
Demeciarizing SISp. 149
The Securitate Legacy in Romaniap. 159
The origins, structure and size of Ceusescu's Securitatep. 159
The internal and external activity of the Securitate, including the role of military intelligencep. 178
The Securitate and the Romanian revolutionp. 194
Annex The informer networkp. 198
The Successors to the Securitate: Old Habits Die Hardp. 211
Dismantling the Securitatep. 212
The creation of the new security services: SRI, UM 0215 and SPPp. 218
The Romanian intelligence service post-1990: The SIEp. 228
Files and scandalsp. 231
Political accountability and its effectivenessp. 243
Annexp. 251
Conclusionp. 263
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780333713723
ISBN-10: 0333713729
Series: Studies in Russia and East Europe
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 18th December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.88  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1

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