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FutureproofHow to Build Resilience in an Uncertain World$
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Jon Coaffee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300228670

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300228670.001.0001

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Security, Resilience and Preparedness

Security, Resilience and Preparedness

(p.118) 5 Security, Resilience and Preparedness

Jon Coaffee

Yale University Press

This chapter explores resilience in international security. The concepts and practices of resilience have become a staple of international security discussions over recent years and are now firmly embedded within numerous government documents, replacing, and updating policy ideas based on risk. As in many policy arenas where it has taken hold, in relation to international security, resilience has metamorphosed out of a fixation with future security challenges and a focus on pre-emption and risk scanning. Policies of resilience have led to a reappraisal of who, what, and where is vulnerable to terrorism and how people, places, and processes can be made more resilient. The upsurge in terrorist attacks over the last few years has led to further proclamations that enhanced resilience is an antidote to the impact of such assaults, both in terms of how our cities look and feel, but also in terms of how society can cope with terrorism as well as assist with broader national or homeland security.

Keywords:   security, international security, national security, terrorism, security challenges, resilience, homeland security

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