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Global Stability and Security

Historically, global stability and security issues were narrowly defined and fell squarely in the realms of national defense and diplomacy. Similarly, environmental issues and humanitarian and aid concerns were dealt with separately and in their own way.

Increasingly, however, these issues are converging and are recognized as the underpinning of stability, resilience, and security. Problems such as access to clean water and other resources, natural disasters, public health  issues, food and energy security, and shifting demographics and migration have become major factors in the stability or lack of stability of (and therefore the security of) nations and regions. Furthermore, these types of security issues require multiple actors from multiple sectors to work together in a complex tapestry of interests and agendas. These problems undermine stability and are often precursors at the root of armed conflict. Decision makers have increasingly realized that there is a great need to better understand and anticipate these issues and their relationship to circumstantial security. Unidimensional and unilateral action is often inadequate and at times counterproductive. Indeed, the complex interplay of factors and players upon which 21st century stability and security rest means that partnership, collaboration, and a facile understanding of complicated, interrelated technical, social, political, and economic issues are essential in charting solutions that enhance stability and security for local populations, countries, and regions.

Meridian’s portfolio of experience and understanding positions us to be effective partners in solving problems in this arena. Our work over the past decade has involved facilitating international public-private deliberations to anticipate and respond to unfolding and compounding crises; assisting international problem solving on food supply and poverty, helping leaders grapple with  the implications of climate change, pandemic planning, and working to improve community resilience. We have also convened and facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues on topics ranging from infrastructure protection to technology development to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Meridian’s work in these areas often involves helping security decision makers better understand the implications of these “non-security” factors for stability, and working with them and other partners to address the root issues before they become national or global security problems. In so doing, Meridian has worked closely with international organizations, companies, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies at all levels.

For example, the US Department of Homeland Security called on Meridian to facilitate and institutionalize national-level coordinating councils for many of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, including agriculture, transportation, health care, finance, and information technology. We also recently assisted the US military’s Pacific Command and the University of Hawaii in finding ways to collaborate on issues of regional resilience and risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region, including disaster management, energy and climate change, and water resource management.

    • Department of Homeland Security Strategic Planning
    • In partnership with McLeod Group, LLC, Meridian Institute is assisting the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer with strategic planning activities and management development.
    • Technical Consortium for Building Resilience in the Horn of Africa
    • ​​In 2015, Meridian facilitated a meeting of the Technical Consortium (TC) for Building Resilience in the Horn of Africa. The TC provides technical support to national and local governments in the Horn of Africa to establish baselines, measure progress, and inform policy and investment decisions to strengthen resilience in the region.

    • CARE
    • CARE implements community-based efforts to improve basic education, end gender-based violence, provide healthcare and nutrition, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources. In 2014, Meridian Institute, in collaboration with TANGO International, provided CARE USA with assistance in developing a new food and nutrition security strategy as a global platform for the organization.