The Naval Postgraduate School is hosting a workshop that assesses the various roles played by different actors involved in projects that span the nexus between development and security in Africa. In regions where any efforts to reduce insecurity will fail without addressing fundamental issues such as poverty, inequality, corruption and poor governance, what are the respective roles of military, non-military governmental, and non-governmental actors? Where does “development” end and “security and stabilization” begin?
In an environment where most security problems are complex security issues, however, development and security are deeply intertwined. In this scenario, what is the role of the U.S. military in Africa and what are suitable military approaches to African security? Defining the roles and responsibilities of various actors – U.S. military, U.S. government non-military, international organizations, non-governmental organizations – becomes part and parcel of defining the challenge of finding sustainable and long-term solutions to the political and regional instabilities that plague Africa and prevent the continent from truly realizing its full potential for economic and political development. This workshop will investigate these various issues through a set of solicited papers that are presented in a close-collaborative workshop format.
Paper proposals are being solicited in the following issue areas:
1. Assessments of the major security threats and trends in Africa and how they should be addressed by the broader US foreign policy community.
2. The relationship between human and traditional security in Africa, and assessments of how the changing nature of war and conflict blurs the line between the two types of security.
3. What the above issues mean for the distinction between development and security; and/or what “development” and “security” mean in these contexts.
4. Assessments of US government projects that span the security-development divide, specifically focusing on the roles and responsibilities of different actors.
These papers could assess any or all of the following topics:
a. The practicalities of how these engagements unfold on the ground, and what effects they bring about.
b. Debates over the appropriate division of labor between US military, US government civilian (State, USAID, etc), and non-governmental agencies.
c. Evidence that military engagement in “development” type projects negatively impacts non-military actors.
d. Goals and metrics in designing these types of projects and program, both in theory and practice.
e. Successes and failures in integrating efforts across different communities in specific projects.
WORKSHOP DATES: December 7 – 9, 2010; Monterey, CA
PAPER PROPOSALS DUE: June 30, 2010
Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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