CULTURE AND GLOBAL SECURITY: Analyzing current threats and
current inter-linked global security environment, new threats and
Challenges have created an urgent need for imaginative new
responses. At the fourth International Conference on African Culture
and Development (ICACD 2011), we
are providing the platform for people to share with the world their
innovative ideas on how to build a safer world for our current and
The ICACD Secretariat is hereby calling for intellectual
presentations (papers) and expressive arts (performances) that touch
on Societal, National or Global security for inclusion in the
Security Issues In Africa
Africa has experienced a lot of security breaches that has impacted
on its development. Indeed security challenges remain a major factor
impeding the continent’s development. From Sierra Leone and Liberia
to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) experts have
indicated that it will take years to bring these economies back to
Even in countries not at war, tribal and religious tensions exist
which sometimes explode with unpleasant consequences on the
citizenry. Other security challenges such as armed robbery, violence
against women and children are common and even the police men,
soldiers and other security forces whose job supposedly is to
protect the citizens have all too often been part of the problem.
What are the factors that have led to these civil wars, tensions and
other types of societal conflicts in Africa? What are the key
security considerations as the continent tries to professionalize
their armies, police forces, intelligent services and court systems?
Is Mr. Adedeji Ebo’s assertion that Africa’s security forces which
started in colonial times ‘were never created to protect Africans’
true? Is it true that our security reforms over the years have
centered on technical and logistical issues rather than the
fundamental issue of effective security governance and training?
These are the key issues for deliberation during this year’s ICACD
conference in Ghana. At ICACD 2011, we take a look at steps being
taken by African governments to improve the security on the
continent. From a cultural standpoint, we will be discussing the
issues that will increase the ability of Africa’s people and their
security institutions to safeguard the people of Africa.
Global Security Issues
Global security seems to be threatened by acts of terrorism.
Terrorism and its ever changing methods with which orchestrators
execute their actions is a serious threat to global peace, security
There is a
gradual insurgence of terrorism in Africa particularly in the Sahel-Region.
At the Algiers conference about security in the Sahel, economic
development of the region was identified as key in curbing
terrorism. Are there other key variables? Are there cultural
dimensions of terrorism in Africa that needs to be looked at?
Also, the exodus of Africa’s human resource through illegal and
unauthorized routes mainly to Europe and other parts of the world is
a security concern for the states of Africa as lives are lost and
rights abused. While some immigrants survive, others do not make it
to their destinations. A blog called Fortress Europe registered the
deaths of 1,343 migrants between January and October 2007 alone who
died while trying to enter Europe.
other options in addressing this issue aside erecting fences and
improving surveillance at borders? What are the potential National
and global security threats do African immigrants pose to potential
ICACD 2011 is also calling for papers/ideas on the conference
1. Water and food security in Africa.
2. Post Independent Africa: Cultural Imperatives for Development’.
3. Africa's Future Direction: the role and significance of the
ABOUT ICACD 2011
ICACD 2011 will be an interdisciplinary conference of Academics,
artists, cultural and development workers, Government agencies and
policy makers, traditional authorities and all people committed to
working to see the development of Africa a reality.
presents a unique position for Africans and the rest of the world to
input into action the cultural perspective of the continent’s
development challenges. As with ICACD conferences, each participant
will be given the opportunity to actively participate in the
discussion and to take the energy and ideas generated back home. The
future of Africans is in the hands of each of us.