This introductory chapter argues that we need to be more forward thinking in our response to risks and threats of all kinds. It points out that we should not be like army generals who, it is said, are always fighting the last war. Indeed, we must arm ourselves for new ones. Furthermore, a singular focus on preparing for past challenges is futile. The chapter asserts that what we should be doing is paying more attention to enhancing our ability to cope with a wide array of disruptive challenges that may present themselves in the future. These are the challenges that pose significant threats to our current way of living and to our very existence.
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