Peace is indispensable in the socio-economic development of any nation. The Gambia is a beacon of hope throughout the world when it comes to its citizens’ peaceful coexistence irrespective of one’s religious or ethnic affiliation.
As famously put by Thich Nhat Hann “working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.”
During the 5th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security, President Adama Barrow stated that the deep rooted threats to peace and stability are terrorism, radical extremism, the spread of small arms, dangerous drugs, cross border crimes, maritime piracy and human trafficking which have increased with serious consequences. And as such there is need for alert if countries are going to make gain in the fight against terrorism and cross border crimes.
However, the high unemployment rate and poverty, the president said are among key factors rendering many youth to become vulnerable to some of these awful activities.
Terrorism is an old phenomenon, and various countries around the world have dealt with it in various ways. In considering how to approach the current problem of terrorism and cross border crimes around the world, it worth asking: What’s really new about it? And what past failures can teach for the way forward?
The incidence of civil wars, large-scale conflicts and violent overthrows of democratic governments, as the president alluded to his decreased, which represents an important step towards sustaining stability within the region. However, there are emerging threats to deal with. These include election-related violence, unregulated migration and abuse of new information technology.
In this present generation, no country is immune from the mishap of terrorists. Yes, countries are vulnerable from one region to another, but what’s clear is that war on terrorism calls for multifaceted approach as terrorism continues to take many forms around the world. It is an indisputable fact that good intelligence depends on making connection. So as the revival of our national economies and the implementation to appropriate security reforms are vital elements for development and peace in Africa.
“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”