CONTEMPORARYGOVERNANCE AND INTELLIGENCE
ContemporaryGovernance and Intelligence
Accordingto the modern democratic theory of governance, people are supposed toelect representatives to govern them and watch over their interests.Even so, the ultimate power of governance is supposed to remain withthe citizens. By having government personnel as theirrepresentatives, policies of governance are expected to express thewishes of the people. It is well understood that government personnelought to be fully accountable to the people that elected them intooffice. Owing to common knowledge, government officials tend to focusmore on ruling and exerting powerful influences on the people thatelected them into office. As a problem of democracy, most countriesin the world today continue to face challenges of insufficientcontemporary governance and national security (Hirst, 2013). Thiscontinues to be the case even in light of the emergence of nationalintelligence. Important to note is that contemporary governance isfaced with security issues that call for national intelligence.
Thetruth is that governments now focus a lot on securing their politicaleconomies as opposed to being committed to processes and proceduresof securing the welfare of citizens. One wonders why governments likethose of Russia and Iran among others have huge budgets for themilitary expense and developing of nuclear weapons when a goodportion of the population is struggling to meet the basic securityand national intelligence (Zlotnick,2011).This shows that contemporary governance has a strong association withintelligence in the world of today. The security of the people iseverything to go by for most governments.
Alook at current trends in contemporary governance, however, showsthat the case is different in one way or another. Seemingly, theordinary people survive at the mercy or behest of governmentofficials. This situation relates closely with that of prehistorictimes when monarchs ruled the people they had little or no controlover how they were governed. In actuality, there are many cases ofconflict arising all over the world today wherein governments contendwith citizens on national security (Torfing& Ansell, 2015).No wonder occurrences of activism and protests have become a norm inmost countries the people feel that government trustees tend to actcontrary to their interests. Such occasions usually make the peopleobserve governments as organizations that betray them or disregardtheir trust (Torfing& Ansell, 2015).A good example is a situation in France wherein citizens wererecently faced with the terrorist attacks, despite the fact that thecountry is among the leading countries in economic and military powerin the world.
Peopleare characterized by intelligence, and because the government is runby individuals, intelligence becomes a significant part. Thegovernment’s intelligence role is an attempt to reconstruct theprocess of human intelligence in a group. Intelligence entails havinginformation and making an analysis (Zlotnick,2011).It is an essential part of making decisions for claims and action inany contemporary government. The constituents of intelligence includeorganizationprocess, people, product, and action. Their interaction issignificant to intelligence operations of any nation (Zlotnick,2011).The product of intelligence is the basis of the nationalsecurity in the contemporary governance, which usually gives it anextra value.
Thecontemporary governance is faced with several security challenges.However, intelligence is very paramount when it comes to dealing withthese issues. The intelligence department can assist any governmentin the provision of crucial information regarding security. Suchinformation can be very useful when making security decisions becausethe national preparedness largely depends on the nationalintelligence in any contemporary government.
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