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Title:Human security and the State in Africa
Author:Spears, Ian S.ISNI
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:human security
Abstract:The most recent major document on human security - the Commission on Human Security's report 'Human security now' (2003) - tells us more about the ideal of human security than how this worthy objective can best be achieved. This is a problem because most African States were created to serve as a bulwark against further colonial rule rather than provide domestic order and protection for their citizens. Many African States have since become battlegrounds for ethnic or economic struggles. Neither a new and committed African leadership, nor intervention by the international community, is likely to transcend this problem and effectively advance the human security agenda. A reformed African State - one which induces leaders to be more concerned with advancing the interests of their people more broadly - remains the only viable alternative. The problem is that any reform of African States will also involve difficult trade-offs and dilemmas. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]