Security, Development, and Governance CBRN and Cyber in Africa

  • Adriaan van der MeerEmail author
  • Alberto Aspidi
Part of the Terrorism, Security, and Computation book series (TESECO)


Nowadays threats are diffuse and hybrid with a pertinent “role” of non-state actors. Criminal networks are capable of quickly exploiting vulnerabilities in the security environment.

The global security environment remains extremely dynamic. New security challenges and threats are increasingly blended and integrated. Many of the governmental structures in the countries with whom the EU is working in the field of external relations will struggle to cope with these challenges.

All these developments require the EU to revisit its response options. This paper proposes a number of steps to simplify the overall architecture of the EU’s external financing assistance. It makes a number of recommendations on the focus of cooperation. Based on the experience under the EU CBRN risk mitigation Centres of Excellence initiative and EU policy to promote cybersecurity, it recommends that greater emphasis be placed on addressing governance issues in order to deal more effectively with the new security challenges.


Security Governance Development CBRN Cybersecurity 



The authors write in their personal capacity. The views set out in this article are those of the authors and they do not represent in any way the official point of view of the European Commission or any other EU institution. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. Any mistakes or omissions are solely those of the authors.

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European CommissionBrusselsBelgium

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