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Building National Resiliency at Home as Important as Combating Terrorism Abroad, Argues Stephen Flynn in New Book

The consequences of a 9/11-scale terrorist attack or a major natural disaster can be minimized if “America makes building national resiliency from within as important a public policy imperative as confronting dangers from without,” says Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies Stephen E. Flynn in The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation.

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Backgrounder

Iraq's Faltering Infrastructure

Author: Lionel Beehner

While security remains the top concern, Iraq's new government must also confront the dearth of basic services, including water and electricity. Oil production, still below prewar levels, remains crucial to lifting the welfare of Iraqis.

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Must Read

Rand Report: Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (PDF)

RAND looks at the cost-benefit analysis of attempting to scan 100% of containers coming through U.S. ports. 100 percent scanning is cost-effective only if the attack damages or likelihood of an attack are quite high. Furthermore, unless scanning technologies improve significantly, additional land and labor transaction costs could render adoption infeasible.

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Event

The Edge of Disaster

Stephen Flynn's book, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation warns that the United States has become a brittle nation, needlessly exposing Americans and their way of life to catastrophic risk in the face of the ongoing threat of terrorism and natural disasters. On the day of his book's release, join Commander Flynn for a discussion of how building a resilient nation at home must complement American efforts to confront threats abroad.

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

Please join Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass for a discussion of his new book, Foreign Policy Begins at Home. He describes a twenty-first century in which power is widely diffused, the result of globalization, revolutionary technologies, and power shifts. Haass argues that the biggest threats to U.S. security and prosperity come not from abroad but from within. He puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, in which the United States limits its engagement in foreign wars and humanitarian interventions and instead focuses on restoring the economic foundations of its power.

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