African Security Challenges: Now and Over the Horizon. Refugees, Internally-Displaced Persons, and Militancy in Africa: Current and/or Future Threat?
Working group discussion rept.
DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY ALEXANDRIA VA
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DTRAASCO invited a small group of experts on the security dimensions of refugee challenges in Africa to participate in a working group discussion to better define the nature of the threat, the possible implications for U.S. engagement, and the ways in which the threat if deemed important could be addressed through activities on the continent. It is important to note that the starting point assumption was that there were security dimensions to the refugee challenge in Africa, though the workshop organizers acknowledged that security was not the only dimension of the challenge which must be considered when analyzing the issue and responding to it. For purposes of the discussion, the workshop organizers planned to focus primarily on one element of the challenge the intersection between refugee issues and militancy threats and concerns in Africa. At the outset of the discussion, all of the participants stressed the importance of distinguishing between refugees and internally-displaced persons IDPs, both of which can comprise displaced populations. As such, the discussion focused on both of these types of displaced persons. The participants distinguished between them as appropriate within the discussion.
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