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Atlantic Dialogues 2013: Managing Disruptions in the Atlantic Space

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Discussants: Dr. Jane Holl Lute, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Dr. Juan E. Pardinas, Director General, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad A.C. Mr. Alfredo Valladão, Professor, Sciences Po Mr. Victor Borges, President, Foundation for Development and International Exchanges Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Board, The Washington Post During the past decade, the world has seen a flurry of technological change and innovation that has transformed the way in which we conduct our daily lives and how we interact with one another. Ten years ago, the world was far less connected than it is today, and it will be even more connected in another ten years. Some argue, though, that the greater interconnectedness and access to information we all have — and the corresponding ability to disseminate information — has increased our vulnerabilities to the consequences of human-made and natural disruptions, thus potentially blinding us and catching us off-guard to factors that are swirling beneath our feet and just out of reach of the technological scope. Developments such as global health pandemics, political revolutions in the Middle East, cyber-attacks against sovereign governments, economic meltdowns, government shutdowns, and increasingly destructive natural disasters are some examples of "disruptions" that have occurred during the past ten years and may just be the tip of the iceberg of what the future holds.