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Intelligence and Democracy

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The Intelligence and Democracy program is designed to explore potential avenues that may enable the successful reform of intelligence agencies in a democracy.  The program assists countries that are working to consolidate their democracies, which includes the institutionalization of transparent, accountable, and effective democratic intelligence systems. Key objectives include:

  • Provide an understanding of the relevance of intelligence reform in democracy
  • Provide insights on why it is important that policy makers become involved in intelligence reform in a democracy
  • Explain intelligence reform requirements, challenges & opportunities
  • If needed, assist participants in developing an action plan for intelligence reform in their countries 


The CCMR Concept of this program includes:

  • Build capacity in allied and partner governments through custom-built short courses at three levels
  • Global (Monterey)
  • Regional (Identified by Combatant Commands)
  • Bilateral
  • Emphasize interagency and multinational approaches
  • Use presentations, case-studies, and exercises
  • Allow participants to teach other participants
  • Partner with other community providers

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Program News

Dr. Matei Invited to Join the Editorial Team of the International Journal of Intelligence & Counterintelligence
Dr. Cristiana Matei has been appointed to the Editorial Team of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for both academics and professionals to share research on intelligence-related challenges. Read More

Matei Presents Research at International Studies Association Annual Convention
Dr. Cristiana Matei, program manager of both the LATAM program and Intelligence and Democracy program at CCMR, attended the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland from 22-25 February 2017. Read More

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Cristiana Matei
Florina Cristiana (Cris) Matei joined CCMR in 2003. Ms. Matei has researched, published and lectured on a wide range of issues concerning civil-military relations, democratization, Security Sector Ref ... Read More