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International Assistance to Police Reform: the Cases of Post-Soviet Georgia and Kyrgyzstan
Political Analysis and Public Policy
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union newly emerged states launched their transformation from the planned economy to the free market economy as well as from the one-party political system to the more liberal and multiparty political system with free and fair elections. Being affected by the Soviet legacy 15 infant governments have encountered several major obstacles in their way of state-building. Among many others, they included high corruption rates, flawed institutions and the weakness of the rule of law. The reformation of the police force has been determined as the crucial step in tackling corruption. The capacities of the recently founded governments were insufficient for the implementation of the intended reforms, therefore the assistance was provided by the international actors. Though it is asserted that to achieve the desired result in the eradication of the corruption, the international partnership should be affiliated with extensive public demand and presidential initiatives, it is believed that the evaluation of external influence might be helpful for the acquisition of the critical view on the importance of the global cooperation. The international actors that I refer to in my topic will be EU, OSCE and the US.