The end of the Cold War and the shock of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001 have forced defence and security planners to consider the realities of a new and radically different international security environment. We no longer face the same nuclear and conventional threat but new and more insidious dangers, such as international terrorism, now constitute a real danger to our increasingly interlinked, interdependent society.
Governments and international organisations are beginning to review the implications of this new situation. They recognise that it has created new security architecture: new enemies, a new battlefield and, most importantly, new combatants. Security is no longer simply the preserve of the military or even of the nation state. Now it directly involves a broad cross section of civil society, of which international business is, perhaps, the most significant element.
The new security situation presents the world with a host of new challenges and poses a series of questions about the vulnerability of modern society and the means of protecting it. The New Security Programme has been established at The Centre for Defence and International Security Studies (CDISS) to address these questions and provide a forum for debate about them.
The Director of The New Security Programme, Dr Harold Elletson, was the Director of the NATO Forum on Business and Security, which began a dialogue between the public and private sectors about new security issues. The New Security Programme will continue the dialogue, developing many of the themes and examining in more detail the challenges of the new security environment for civil society.
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