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Bridging the North-South Divide: Sustainable Security and the Global South

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Hannah Brock
1 January 2011

This paper from ORG’s Sustainable Security and the Global South project examines how the views of security analysts from the global South could be better incorporated into the concept of ‘sustainable security’. The paper brings together perspectives from the four regional security consultations, held between September 2008 – January 2010, highlighting the factors that are common across the regions, as well as those that are distinctive to particular areas. On the basis of these consultations four more research papers were published as part of our Sustainable Security and the Global South project.

The consultations identified regional drivers of insecurity, blockages to change, and recommendations for action. Common drivers of insecurity across the regions included inequality, interventions from global powers and entrenched cultures of violence; there were also sources of tension unique to each region, such as refugee issues, local power shifts and violent conflicts. Common recommendations for progress include strong and inclusive regional architecture, representative international organisations, and local democratic reform.

ORG argues that the contemporary security paradigm in the West does not adequately take account of voices from the global South, and that any sustainable security response must integrate non-Western perspectives.

For more information on this project, contact Ben Zala.

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