Recent global shocks, such as the 2008 financial crisis, have driven policy makers
and industry strategists to re-examine how to prepare for and respond to events that
can begin locally and propagate around the world with devastating effects on society
and the economy. This report considers how the growing interconnectedness in the global
economy could create the conditions and vectors for rapid and widespread disruptions.
It looks at examples of hazards and threats that emerge from the financial world,
cyberspace, biological systems and even the solar system, to reflect on what strategic
capacities are called for to improve assessment, mapping, modelling, response and
resilience to such large scale risks.