n Conflict Trends - African leadership : the succeeding generation's challenges and opportunities

Volume 2007, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


We live in a world of continuous changes, challenges and opportunities. Changes are inevitable. They may pose threats and fears for some and generate challenges and opportunities for others. The issue is not that of changes or no changes; it is rather : what kind of changes? Changes initiated by whom, how or in what circumstances? It is the capacity to anticipate changes wisely and to respond to them effectively that has distinguished successful countries (or people) from the not-so-successful or problematic states. Historically, successful countries have been those that, for various reasons, have had the capabilities to anticipate important changes in the domestic or global marketplaces of goods and services, and new ideas or principles of production and organisation, and have responded to them timely and effectively.

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