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In confronting risk, individuals and all agencies cannot simply respond with endless resources in mitigating the damage that hazards engender—they have to establish a balance. Risk Balance and Security combines the conceptual underpinnings of risk assessment and management at both the individual and agency level with a clear analysis of how these relate to challenges faced in responding to crime, terrorism, public health threats, and environmental disasters. With a new understanding of how decisions are made about threats and hazards, and how this understanding may be applied in our preparedness, prevention, and response strategies, we will be able to better conceptualize our task for enhancing security in the future.

Modern Terrorism
Modern terrorism

Although the images of the falling towers of the World Trade Center can scarcely be forgotten, two well-televised terrorist incidents have since crowded our memories with haunting images of the suffering that terrorism creates. In September 2004, images from Beslan, Russia, showed bloodied schoolchildren and adults and, for those lucky enough to have survived, their expressions of pain, anguish, and palpable fear. Media headlines in the immediate aftermath of the event began to change. Although initially stunned into silence by the magnitude of the situation, Russia's response quickly transitioned from grieving, to outrage, to laying blame: “Grief in Russia now mixes with harsh words for government” (2004), and “Russia's grief turns to anger” (2004).

Since referred to as “7/7,” July 7, 2005, marks ...

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