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New Challenges in Critical Infrastructures : A US Perspective

  • Erwann Michel-Kerjan

    (CECO - Laboratoire d'econometrie de l'école polytechnique - CNRS - Polytechnique - X)

The emergence of a larger threat spectrum -terrorism, sabotage, local conflicts, political unrest, and natural disasters- combined with the growing globalization of economic activities, makes networks highly vulnerable. Rethinking national vulnerabilities requires the creation and the improvement of long-term public-private partnerships. The article discusses the US Presidential initiative launched in 1996 -the first initiative worldwide to put these issues on the top-level agenda- as well as the national structure of developed partnerships. It might constitute a starting point for other countries to develop their own national strategy, adapting it of course to their own national particularities.Terrorists attacks in 2001 show, however, that such an initiative constitutes nothing but a first step in a general process to build preparedness nationwide; America still remains highly vulnerable. I conclude with a few myths that must be confronted to deal more efficiently with these new large-scale risks at an international level.

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Date of creation: 2003
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  1. Kunreuther, Howard & Heal, Geoffrey, 2003. " Interdependent Security," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 26(2-3), pages 231-49, March-May.
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