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CRJ 15:4 out now! 

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Environment, economy and peace: elements of a systemic crisis

Serge Stroobants and Lea Perekrests say that ecological crises are significant threats to international stability as the Covid-19 pandemic exposes the vulnerabilities of an interconnected global socioeconomic system and threaten to upend an already fragile system

Unveiling the systemic nature of risks                      

The global pandemic has made it clear that societies and governments have under-invested in disaster risk reduction strategies. And this is even more true when it comes to climate change threats. But we can learn early lessons to assist a green and sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, write Rosalind Cook and Sebastien Penzini

Leadership & innovation

Terra Incognita: Vision and action     

It is a sad but inescapable fact that today’s global situation demands that we lay to rest our pre-established crisis visions and move towards creative and flexible leadership, say Emily Hough, Patrick Lagadec and Matthieu Langlois

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The danger of too many fresh eyes   

There is no harm in having a fresh pair of eyes look over a project proposal or identify gaps in a response strategy, but crisis leadership demands full acknowledgement of knowledge limitations and humility in taking advice from those paid to know the subject. Unfortunately, this does not always happen

Kaleidoscopic learning           

Most of us prefer to be optimistic rather than look at the downsides. But with the right approach, we can combine positive and negative thinking towards purposeful and positive action, says Gareth Byatt

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Leadership, AI and the collective brain         

Artificial intelligence and data centres are causing social transformations that are changing our world. Jean-Jacques Martin asks what this means for leaders, exploring the concept of ‘neuromanagement’ and how a hierarchical, rigid company can be transformed into an ecosystem that absorbs informational energy flows and transforms them into added value within the new economy

Leadership powers    

According to social psychologists, the bases of power as they relate to leadership include legitimate, reward, expert, referent and coercive. Randall Collins explores how this applies to emergency managers, both on a daily basis and in times of crisis

Why lawyers and communicators must work together        

The age-old debate about the interaction between lawyers and communicators in a crisis still rages, and conflict between legal and communication advice is still a very real problem, according to Tony Jaques

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Systems and people: Time for transformation         

Previously, David Wales provided insights into research that fundamentally changed understanding of the relationship between the public and those who provide services. Here, he contends that contemporary crises models are fundamentally unsuited to future needs

Crisis & urban areas

From refugee to responder   

Alistair Harris describes how the Palestinian Civil Defence in Lebanon has been transformative for young refugees who once felt marginalised, by providing them with an opportunity to demonstrate personal agency and to reinforce a sense of purpose

Complex urban environments: Beirut                                   

Urban designers, ecologists and social scientists have called for closer links between their disciplines, adapting the resilient cities concept. Albrecht Beck, Marc Arnold and Andra Covaciu argue that a focus on operational governance and first responder boots on the ground remains crucial

Disaster recovery by design  

Idrees Rasouli outlines why he is setting up the Institute for Post Disaster Recovery, a centre of expertise to help cities, organisations and people prepare for and recover from disasters by design

Frontline & security response

Deliberate mass casualty incidents, a perspective from Spain         

There is a multiplicity of medical care protocols, writes Juan José Pajuelo, but optimal co-ordination among – and the safety of – first responders still remain elusive

Technology to rebuild communities  

Pix4D collaborates explores a use case in California following this year's devastating wildfires

Enhancing rural safety and security  

In 2017, the UK’s Lincolnshire Police Department launched its aerial drone programme to improve public safety and reduce crime in a rural county. Charles L Werner shares its success stories

Keeping an eye out for deception     

Andrew Staniforth presents his thoughts on the need to review and reform the radicalisation risk management process, saying that current practices are not enough to keep the public safe from radicalised individuals and returning fighters

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Embassies and security         

Embassies, consulates, diplomatic missions and the people who work in them are a desirable target for terrorists, militants or angry mobs, writes Lina Kolesnikova


Pandemics and national insecurity   

Confusion, disparate policies and indecision contribute to collective denial and people’s reluctance to give up their freedoms, according to Jennifer Hesterman. Here, she outlines the dangers of inaction and empty promises but, she says, there is a ray of hope that lies within our younger generations

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Private security services        

In times of crisis private security services are essential, but they need more support and recognition, according to Catherine Piana

Covid-19 in a fragile and conflict-based area

Azzam Abuhabib, Samer Abuzerr and Said Abu Aita look at the authorities’ responses to the pandemic in the Gaza Strip and outline three possible future scenarios

Covid-19: India           

In this unflinching and in-depth analysis, Dr Peter Patel reviews the pandemic management and challenges faced by this diverse and enigmatic country

No breathing room    

Covid-19 and Pakistan’s smog problem have devastating parallels – and they’re about to collide, warns Luavut Zahid

Zahid Pakistan

Global risk perception

Ali Malvern questions whether governments are learning from the first wave of the pandemic and if they are considering how society behaves when setting strategy and managing response

The unrelenting challenge     

“Working together is what makes a difference at all levels,” says Jacqui Semple as she explores how resilience professionals can find support to help to prepare for the next stages of the pandemic

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Survive and thrive      

The flexibility, agility and inventiveness shown by many organisations during 2020 should provide the confidence needed for recovery, says Mike O’Neill

Supporting the medically fragile and socially vulnerable     

Marcus T Coleman and Sarah Baker provide insights to help officials and community leaders lead their communities through crises and help to make sure that nobody is left behind

Covid, lockdowns and lives lost         

Lyndon Bird presents an unflinching examination of the rationality of government policies and decisions

The human factor: ‘Hidden’ threats  

Andy Blackwell explores hidden threats to civil aviation and provides guidance that is equally applicable to other sectors on the actions organisations can take to protect themselves, and safeguard their people, assets and reputation

Pandemic psychosocial problems     

Todd Benham, Michelangelo Bortolin and Gregory Ciottone say it is imperative that psychosocial effects are addressed now

Connecting with young people         

Attempts to encourage young people to change their behaviour during the Covid-19 pandemic have demonstrated that more needs to be done to connect with them as a matter of urgency, writes Amanda Coleman

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Take a deep breath… 

Lyzi G Cota offers techniques that can help those who are accumulating signs of anxiety, depression, ­PTSD ­and even suicidal behaviour


Multilateralism, leadership and climate justice

Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chair of the Elders, says that the way forward must be through a clean, sustainable and healthy future


The case for investing in female entrepreneurs

Asahi Pompey of the Goldman Sachs Foundation comments on the devastating impacts that the Covid-19 crisis has had on small businesses, particularly those owned by women. This inherent equality needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, so that the global economy can benefit from the input of female entrepreneurs

Frontline: A force for good in Lebanon         

Tamer Khatib joined the Palestinian Civil Defence in ‘Ayn al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon. He tells Claire Sanders how the scheme is a force for good in the camps, especially for the younger generation

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