Our assumptions about the world were formed in another age and are ill-suited to contemporary challenges. Leaders need a new lens through which they can view the task of creating security in the 21st century. The projection of power, and attempts to balance the power of others, no longer provides a useful perspective. Instead, the concept of resilience should be at the heart of a new doctrine for managing transnational risk and global instability.
Risk and Resilience in the Globalized Age
Globalization and network connectivity have changed the nature of the risks we face and dramatically increased the potential consequences of them. But unless policymaking systems adapt to this new environment, we will remain vulnerable to global perturbations. WPR examines Risk and Resilience.
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We are now engaged in a conflict that will dictate whether we succeed or fail in the 21st century. Our adversary in this conflict is, in short, the threat posed by globalization. It is a systemic threat posed by the very function of the global supernetwork we have created for our mutual benefit. The only policy solution that can address it is one that attempts to limit the spread of chaos at the lowest possible cost.