Accession Number : ADA565767
Title : Perspectives on African Challenges: Cross Cutting Issues and Policy Implications
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT
Personal Author(s) : Piombo, Jessica
Report Date : Sep 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 34
Abstract : In October 2008, the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA-ASCO) initiated a two-phase project to assess the nature of security and insecurity in Africa. The first phase was a two-year analytic effort led by Jennifer Perry of DTRA-ASCO, with support from SAIC, entitled African Security Challenges: Now and Over the Horizon. This phase focused on mapping the terrain of a broad set of security challenges in Africa and exploring their dimensions through a set of workshops. In the second phase, African Security Challenges: Now and Over the Horizon Capstone, ASCO supported associate professor Jessica Piombo of the Naval Postgraduate School in commissioning a collection of essays that would delve more deeply into a set of issues that overlapped with the ones studied in the previous phase. This project brought together the works of several scholars and built on the findings of the workshops and discussion papers developed during phase one. The essays consider eight under-studied security challenges that have far-reaching implications for the state of the current and emerging African security environment. These essays explicitly consider how the issues manifest within sub-Saharan Africa at multiple levels of analysis (from individual to state to inter-state security), and how the issues intersect with one another. This report presents the main arguments and findings of each essay followed by discussions of their policy implications. The essays are as follows: Displacement and Militancy, by Sarah Kenyon Lischer; Small Arms and Light Weapons Availability, Proliferation, and Use, by Robert Muggah and Francis Sang; Health, Disease and Human Security, by Alex Otieno; Food Security and Conflict, by Ellen Messer; Terrorism and Ungoverned Spaces, by Jessica Piombo; Maritime Security, by Donna Nincic; and African Militaries in the 21st Century, by Herbert Howe.
Descriptors : *AFRICA , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *POLICIES , CASE STUDIES , CONFLICT , DISEASES , DISPLACEMENT , ENERGY , FOOD , HEALTH , HUMAN RIGHTS , INSURGENCY , ISLAM , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , SMALL ARMS , SMUGGLING , TERRORISM
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Sociology and Law
Military Forces and Organizations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE