Transformation of Security and Intelligence Services in Latvia
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 18, Issue 3, p.105-124 (2019)
Keywords:checks and balances, counter-intelligence, intelligence, Latvia, post-communist transition, Russian-Ukrainian conflict
The article examines in detail the process of setting up the security services of Latvia in the period prior to and after gaining full independence with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The author emphasizes that a successful transition towards a consolidated democracy requires decisive and quick actions in selecting personnel with intelligence experience under the totalitarian regime, yet loyal to the national ideals and the principles of democracy, the need for a clear legislative framework, and comprehensive democratic control of the services along parliamentary, government, judicial, prosecution, and financing venues.