Global Risks Concentration

Governments often concentrate attention on threats (in the instance of a third party’s hostile intention) and less on risks (natural, ecological, health events that can produce havoc without resulting from a hostile intention). For instance, an ecological change can destroy a country and result in a need for emergency aid, but it can equally lead to political disturbances if needs are not met (as the six-year drought in Syria is in part responsible for the rebellion in peripheral cities). An ecological change may also have a positive result, as in the case of the cease fire in Aceh, Indonesia).

The Global Risks concentration is devoted to studying the wide spectrum of root and proximate causes of global risks in environment, health, food security, security, cyberspace, and financial markets, with a focus on the aftermath of global risks and the best mechanisms for government intervention. The program includes a special focus on emerging risks and best practices (ex: risk identification and assessment at the country-level, government risk management).

The diversity of courses offered within the Global Risks concentration program can be found on the Thematic Concentration course offerings.