Bridging The Security-Development Gap
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In the Global South, efforts aimed at controlling the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons have typically been low on the list of national priorities for countries focused on eradicating poverty, offering basic health services, infrastructure development, and primary education.
A new report “Beyond Boundaries: A Promising New Model for Security and Global Development” published in the Winter 2013 issue ofCarnegie Results, analyzes an initiative that has successfully removed the artificial barriers between the “security” and “development” communities, whose goals are often similar but whose methods rarely intersect.
“Beyond Boundaries” details how The Stimson Center, with funding and intellectual guidance from Carnegie Corporation, transformed Security Council Resolution 1540 from an unfunded and therefor ineffective tool to prevent the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, into a unique bridge between nonproliferation and international development objectives.
The Stimson Center’s work has introduced a radically different kind of foreign assistance program, which provides poorer countries with a unique opportunity to tap security-related support and simultaneously meet a wide range of development needs.
For example, to deal with natural disasters, a well-maintained communications infrastructure is critical for first responders and emergency management authorities—a resource that is just as essential for detecting and removing weapons of mass destruction. And a well-trained police force and effective judiciary is equally important for prosecuting criminals who attempt to traffic in nuclear or biological weapons as for those who traffic in drugs or human beings.