ORG has co-organised in association with local partner organisations four regional Security Consultations in the Global South designed to draw upon non-Western analysis in the development of policy solutions. ORG and the local partner then published a report based on each consultation.
ORG recognises that perceptions and experiences of 'threat' vary over time and place. As such, an understanding of short-term regional threats to security is important for the analysis of the long-term global drivers of insecurity. It is also essential to understand how current and future Western responses to these underlying drivers and immediate threats will impact on people outside North America and Europe.
The purpose of these consultations was to:
- Identify the regional drivers of insecurity;
- Explore the blockages to achieving change in the region
- Develop recommendations for local and international civil society groups and governments.
The four consultations held between 2008-2010 were:
- Asia and Australasia: Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Singapore, September 2008.
- Middle East and North Africa: Institute for Peace Studies, Egypt, October 2008.
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Institute for Security Studies, South Africa, December 2008.
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre, London, January 2010.
The following four reports were published from these consultations:
- Tigers and Dragons: Sustainable Security in Asia and Australasia
- From Within and Without: Sustainable Security in the Middle East and North Africa
- Beyond Dependence and Legacy: Sustainable Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Looking for Leadership: Sustainable Security in Latin America and the Caribbean
A new project of work emerged out of these consulations. This project, called Sustainable Security and the Global South, is aimed at building on the knowledge gained in these consultations and exploring new avenues for promoting non-Western analysis of sustainable security issues in Western policy-making circles.
Ben Zala is the Director of Oxford Research Group's Sustainable Security programme. He is also a member of the editorial team for the academic journal Civil Wars (published by Routledge...