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What's coming up in the September issue 

The next issue of Crisis Response Journal marks a decade of publishing, bringing the world's emergency responders and planners, business continuity and disaster risk reduction experts together to share experience and learn from each other.


Search and Rescue in Iran: ISARAs

with every edition of CRJ, this landmark issue contains a mix of news, incident reports, analysis, research and cutting edge articles on the very latest thought-leadership and technology developments. Below you'll find a taster of a few - but by no means all - of the articles. We will also be covering civil defence training for Syria, a profile of civil defence in the Republic of Georgia, bioweapons in urban scenarios, major events, on exercise reports, drones in emergency response and how Queensland's Fire & Rescue Service is adapting equipment and operations to climate change in Australia.

Ten years of CRJ: Tony Moore marks the anniversary of CRJ by providing a round-up of incidents that took place in 2004, the year of our launch.

Search and Rescue: Iran & UK: Rachel Good and Andy Marshall take a closer look at the work of one of these organisations, the Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team (SSART) and how it works in partnership with the organisations of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF). Behrouz Moghaddasi describes the establishment of Search and Rescue Teams across Iran

Terrorism analysis: Pakistan; Iraq; Africa

Terrorism and extremism in Pakistan: From an outsider's perspective, Pakistan appears to be marred by terrorism stemming from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). As the military offensive against the TTP gains momentum, the country must also stop to ask itself how it will deal with other extremist and terrorist elements that have plagued it for so very long. The fact is that Pakistan is home to a lot more than just the Taliban, writes Luahut Zahid.

Boko Haram's shift to gender-based violence: During the last five years we have witnessed an interesting trend in that some local terrorist groups are increasingly making the international news, writes Lina Kolesnikova. There are hundreds of independent militant groups that have flourished up in the poorly governed, lawless or war-torn territories across the Middle East and Africa - in places like Libya, Mali, Somalia, northern Nigeria, the Egyptian Sinai, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Some of them are affiliated with Al-Qaeda, some of them not, but they all share an admiration or affinity for Al-Qaeda's brand of puritanical militancy.

ISIS takes a gamble: Patrick McIlwee looks at how ISIS suddenly hit the headlines and examines future risks

Chemical attacks: In the 30 years since the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo Underground the perceived threat from further use of chemical weapons by terrorists had significantly declined. In the light of recent events Dr Dave Sloggett questions if that analysis remains the case.

City Resilience

Launching future cities: Emily Hough speaks to Sir David King, Chairman of the Future Cities Catapult and permanent Special Representative for Climate Change in September 2013, ahead of his presentation at the World Cities Event in London this October.

Project Sunrise: With the high concentration of the population and economic activity in urban areas, we have make our cities more sustainable and resilient. This challenge requires huge investment into new urban infrastructures as well as the adaptation of these infrastructures to safety and sustainability requirements. Led by Professor Isam Shahrour, the authors present a large scale experiment of the Smart City Concept in France.

Technology for smarter cities: Situated in Gauteng - South Africa's smallest province and the hub of Africa's most advanced economy - Johannesburg's apparent first world prosperity has consistently distracted attention from unresolved third world problems, says Hilary Phillips

Sentient cities? MESH is an acronym for Mobile; Efficient; Subtle; Heuristics, says Robert Ouellette. If we start to make the right choices now, really smart MESH Cities will offer governments, planners, designers, and inhabitants an urban future they can aspire to.


Smart Technology and the Evolution of Disaster Medicine: Natural and man-made disasters have devastating effects on healthcare providers' ability to adequately deliver medical care to patients. Recent disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in 2011 are evidence of how such catastrophic events make healthcare deliverance extremely challenging, even in developed countries. Direct damage to hospital systems or issues with overcapacity can cripple healthcare delivery systems in times of the greatest need. As the frequency of natural disasters and terrorist attacks grow, there will be an increased imperative to develop and implement novel technologies that can assist medical professionals in these situations. Despite the development of new technology, disaster medicine often relies on relatively antiquated technologies to respond. It is unclear whether this lack of adoption of new technologies is a result of opposition to the efficacy or ethics of the technology itself or if it is related to potential financial burdens. However, as electronic devices continue to miniaturise, grow more powerful, and become less expensive, it is inevitable that the way disaster medicine is practiced will continue to evolve. Through this interactive review, Brent Dibble MD/MBA(c), Nadia Elkarra MD, Megan E Mantaro and Ian Portelli PhD hope to provide a glimpse of the technology that has the potential to revolutionise the way disaster medicine is practiced.

This list will be updated, keep on checking back! 

Emily Hough, 25/07/2014
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