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Growing dangers: emerging and developing security threats
The term ‘xenophobia’ is witnessing a revival. It is often trotted out in the growing debates about globalization, immigration and popularist politics. But as well as a fear of all that is foreign, it is also a ‘fear of the unknown’.
The Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize winning IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Dr Pachauri, talks to NATO Review about climate change as a security issue – and NATO’s response.
A brief photo slideshow provides images and figures showing the potential of emerging risks
European Commissioner for Science & Research, Janez Potocnik, explains why he feels that climate change means science’s role in security issues can only grow more important.
United States Representative Tom Lantos, the Head of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, tells NATO Review how he sees NATO’s changing role and what NATO and its members can do in the increasingly important field of energy security.
With a computer in virtually every home and office, the chances for mass communication are better than ever before. But how well protected are we if that communication is malicious or hostile? Johnny Ryan makes the case that iWar attacks could be the most innovative form of warfare since the invention of gunpowder.
Suicide bombings are bad enough. But suicide nuclear bombs would spell catastrophe. Michael Rühle looks at how jihadists’ attempts to join the nuclear club have been thwarted – and what’s needed to stave off this threat.
Predictions that the next major war will be over water are common. But is this realistic? Bezen Balamir Coskun looks at the type and level of conflicts water shortages are likely to cause.
Diego A. Ruiz Palmer looks at the growing risks posed at sea, how NATO has reacted and what it needs to do to ensure it keeps pace with a changing maritime risk environment.
At the end of November, the United Nations’ World Health Organization assessed the risk of a pandemic to be level three out of six.
Patrick Stephenson reviews Rebecca Moore’s “NATO’s new mission” and analyses whether it gives a full picture of where the Alliance is heading.

So xenophobia is in a sense what today’s security issues are all about – especially emerging threats.

But this is not just about new, obscure threats - it’s also threats we have previously ignored.

So xenophobia is in a sense what today’s security issues are all about – especially emerging threats.

But this is not just about new, obscure threats - it’s also threats we have previously ignored.

Take environmental issues for example. In this edition of NATO Review, we have an interview with Dr Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – shared with Al Gore.

Dr Pachauri warns of the potential conflicts coming with increased climate change: mass migration, competition for resources, border disputes, water conflicts and environmental terrorism, to name a few.

Environmental risks highlight that one of our greatest security risks is…ourselves.

But that is a macro view. A micro analysis shows that there remain growing threats in iWar, flu pandemics, threats to maritime and energy security.

Seeing all of this brings another US politician to mind. In February 2002, then US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came out with his infamous quote about ‘known knowns, unknown knowns and unknown unknowns.’

In the light of these increased emerging security threats, maybe his quote doesn’t sound so strange after all

Paul King