The many crises and conflicts that have not allowed Africa, the post-Soviet sphere or the Balkans to settle down since the 1990s show that economic development requires a stable and secure environment. Conversely, opening up economic prospects for the future facilitates processes of reconciliation and has a lasting peace-promoting effect. It has likewise become clear that genuine stability is not possible without democracy.
One of the first to point out this correlation between development, security and good governance as well as to urge the introduction of a new approach to crisis and conflict management was then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His statement from 2015 remains memorable to this day: “We will not enjoy development without security, we will not enjoy security without development, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.”