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Global Insecurity,Transparency and Sustainable Development:African Challenges

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  • NWAOBI, GODWIN

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Notably, the 20th century was dominated by the legacy of devastating global wars, colonial struggles, and ideological conflicts as well as effort s to establish international systems that would foster global peace and prosperity. Yet, insecurity and corruption not only remain, they have become the primary development challenges of the 21st century. In particular, new threats such as organized crime, trafficking, civil unrest and terrorism have supplemented continued pre-occupation with conventional war between and within countries. In other words, risks are evolving with new threats to stability arising from international organized crime and global economic instability. Thus, a fundamental rethink is needed on the approaches of international actors to manage global risks collectively. This paper therefore argues that strengthening legitimate institutions and governance to provide citizen security, justice and jobs is crucial to break cycles of violence while stimulating development in Africa. Furthermore, defeating a terrorist network requires African nations to work with international partners to disrupt criminal and terrorist financial networks as well as eliminating the safe havens that protect (and facilitate) this activities. Perhaps, the key solution may be the biblical decree that stated that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through GOD in pulling down strongholds and demonic imaginations. As a road-map to sustainable development, the paper recommends the need for restoring confidence, transforming institutions(procedures), providing specialized assistance, acting regionally(globally) to reduce external(internal) stresses on fragile(failed)states of Africa. For the Nigerian case, break-up might be inevitable and revolutionary.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 48752.

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Date of creation: 31 Jul 2013
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Keywords: violence; insecurity; Africa; failed state; transparency; corruption; terrorism; wars; crime; development; sustainability; governance; human development; human security; economic policies; growth; conflicts; poverty; institutions; vulnerability; stresses; violence; cycles; resilience; justice; jobs;

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  1. Alberto Abadie, 2006. "Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(2), pages 50-56, May.
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