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Redefining Catastrophe in a Globalized World

As the World Health Organization agonizes over whether or not to declare the H1N1 flu virus an official pandemic, I can't help but think of the American national security establishment's continuing struggle over the definition of threat in a post-9/11 world. In both instances, we see institutions with worldwide responsibilities coming to grips with an increasingly interconnected global landscape. And although that global landscape, according to all the available data, suffers less catastrophe, it nonetheless appears to present far greater potential for such catastrophes to unfold with seemingly uncontrollable consequences.

Continue to read Tom's The New Rules column for this week at WPR.

Reader Comments (1)

But the media, and later academic folks, will characterize this as a time when folks all over world just felt the pain in their assets ... with the transformation unnoticed.
June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Heberlein

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