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Title:Conflict, Security and Development in Africa
Author:Cornwell, Richard
Year:2005
Periodical:Africanus
Volume:35
Issue:1
Pages:5-13
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:human security
globalization
conflict
development
Politics and Government
Inter-African Relations
Development and Technology
Military, Defense and Arms
Abstract:The end of the Cold War might have been expected to provide Africa with a 'peace dividend' with which to promote the continent's development. In most respects this did not prove to be the case. There were, however, attempts to reconfigure the security debate to give it a people-centred focus, though these suffered a setback following the events of '9/11' (11 September 2001). Yet an emphasis on people-centred security as a conscious adjunct to that of State security is essential if peace and development are to be secured by Africa's masses. Famine, HIV/AIDS, disease and the other manifestations of maldevelopment all constitute endemic threats to the livelihoods and lives of Africans. Little of the broader security debate has taken sufficient note either of Africa's precarious position in global affairs, or of the peculiar weaknesses of its State structures. These deserve greater attention if one is to be relaistic about the prospects for human security and development in Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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