Parliamentarians from Indonesia and Mongolia participated in a workshop focused on legislative oversight of the security sector in their nations Comprised of two sections, the first was held at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 23 – 25, and the second in Washington, D.C., from April 28 – May 1, 2008.
The nine participants included six from Indonesia’ parliament, including one from their defense and foreign relations committee, and three parliamentarians from Mongolia’s Standing Committee on Security and Foreign Policy
During the Honolulu phase, participants reflected on challenges in strengthening democratic governance and identify potential next steps to address these While in Washington, DC, they gained insights into security sector governance in US; interact and network with key Members of Committees and agencies in security sector governance; engage in dialogue on potential role of US in assisting in strengthening democratic governance
According to the participants the Honolulu phase provided invaluable preparatory foundation for Washington, D.C. visit, while the interaction and dialogue in Washington, D.C. reinforced parliamentarians’ conclusions on challenges and needs in strengthening security sector governance.
As a result of this workshop, the Parliamentarians developed finer understanding of US institutions, policy, and processes. They also gained valuable insights into best practices for potential adoption in home nations.
-Indonesian and Mongolian Parliamentarians visit the Pentagon during a recent trip to Washington D.C. where they also met with key member of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of State.