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Bridging the Divide Between Security and Development

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Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, famously remarked that
long-term security is not possible without development, and that sustainable
development is not achievable in the absence of security. Indeed, pursuing
security objectives and development priorities simultaneously is a concept that
has gained considerable attention among world leaders and policymakers. Nonetheless,
there remains a deep divide between developing and developed countries. Nations
of the Global South necessarily prioritize development objectives and regional
security concerns, such as improving public health, expanding trade, and
combating human, arms, and drug trafficking.  Yet the North focuses the
lion’s share of its attention and resources on “hard security”
issues, including countering the spread and use of weapons of mass destruction
and preventing global terrorism.

The Managing
Across Boundaries program has been at the forefront of harnessing hard security
resources to bridge this security/development divide and mutually advance our
domestic and foreign policy objectives. MAB has developed a  “dual benefit” model for engagement with the
Global South-one that can achieve realistic, sustainable programs that enable
developing countries to better meet their international obligations to
nonproliferation and counterterrorism, while simultaneously making progress toward addressing
their most pressing domestic security and development needs.

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