Managing Across Boundaries
Managing Across Boundaries
Transnational challenges – from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and illicit trafficking, to terrorism, the spread of disease, counterfeit intellectual property, and environmental crime – threaten geostrategic stability, people, and socio-economic development worldwide. The Managing Across Boundaries (MAB) initiative develops innovative government responses at the national, regional, and international levels, and accelerates public-private partnerships to mitigate these threats. MAB's programs include: Conventional Defense, Food Security, Nuclear Safeguards, Partnerships in Security and Development, Private Sector Security Partnerships, and Trade21.
Transnational challenges – from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and illicit trafficking, to terrorism, the spread of disease, counterfeit intellectual property, and environmental crime – threaten geostrategic stability, people, and socio-economic development worldwide. MAB develops innovative government responses at the national, regional, and international levels, and accelerate pragmatic public-private partnerships to mitigate these threats. Our experts work in multiple arenas – conventional arms, drones, environmental crime, private sector engagement, weapons of mass destruction, illicit trafficking and counterfeiting, and the nexus between security and development – to make the world a safer, more prosperous place for all.
Pursuing security and development objectives in an integrated manner is a concept that has gained considerable attention among politicians and policymakers worldwide. Yet there remains a deep divide between developing and developed countries. Wealthier countries focus the lion’s share of their attention and resources on “hard security” issues, including global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction proliferation. Poorer states are more concerned with economic development and “softer security” challenges that threaten prosperity, such as crime, illicit trafficking and disease. MAB identifies solutions in order to build capacity at the intersection of security and development and focuses on the role of the private sector as a partner to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.
In a global economy, security and economic competitiveness are inextricably linked, but traditional government approaches will never move at the speed of modern commerce and communications. Leveraging industry capabilities and expertise is crucial to aligning security imperatives with market dynamics. Legitimate companies across international trade and production networks are well positioned to help prevent the security and economic damage wrought by illicit trafficking, and by other vulnerabilities in global value chains. MAB works with these private sector stakeholders, as well as government agencies, to meet mutual interests and identify market-based solutions that advance public policy objectives and industry profit goals.