Commissions of Inquiry and National Security: Comparative Approaches
A number of high-profile commissions of inquiry have recently been conducted in a range of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Additionally, the events of the Bush and Blair administrations' "War on Terror" are expected to yield further controversial commissions of inquiry.
For some time, commissions of inquiry have been common to the politics of the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia. However, recent years have seen a much wider range of states establish commissions of inquiry into intelligence and security issues, and they have also played important roles in transitions in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Commissions of inquiry are no longer even the exclusive preserve of states, as transnational institutions such as the United Nations and European Union have begun to convoke them.
This groundbreaking book provides the first comprehensive examination of commissions of inquiry around the world at a time when they have become important and increasingly invoked tools to discover truth, curb abuses, and reconcile national security
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1 Toward the Comparative Study of National Security Commissions of Inquiry
Commissions of Inquiry and the Australian Intelligence Community
Making Espionage Organizational Culture Wrongdoing and Mass Murder More Transparent
4 The Politics of Commissions of Inquiry into Security and Intelligence Controversies in Britain
A Huge Smokescreen of Humbug?
6 The Role of Judges
7 The Politics of US National Security Commissions
Promise and Performance
The Cases of Norway Sweden and Denmark
12 Commissions of Inquiry in South Africas Intelligence History 19602005
The Cases of Argentina and Chile
14 European Parliament and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Inquiries into Intelligence and Security Issues
15 The United Nations Iraq OilforFood Inquiry
The AspinBrown Commission at Work
9 Commissions of Inquiry as Agents of Change in the Israeli Intelligence Community
10 Legislative Commissions of Inquiry in Spain
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