The Nexus of National and International Security
International security in the twenty-first century has been transformed from a stark bipolar confrontation of states and their surrogates, characteristic of the Cold War, to interactions among a wide variety of actors and institutions. International and regional organizations, state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector play unprecedented roles in shaping security—positively or negatively—in this rapidly changing strategic environment, challenging old definitions of what security means, who is or should be involved, and what role national governments play.
Examination of public–private relationships in the intelligence, homeland security, and defense sectors in the United States can yield lessons that extend into the international arena. IGCC projects on Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency and the California Public Officials Initiative focus on both manmade and natural disasters. CPOI trains public officials on how to communicate effectively with multiple audiences, including first responders and constituents, during an emergency. CIPR looks at how to protect and strengthen vital systems such as power grids before a disaster so that they can bounce back quickly in the aftermath.
Affiliated researchers at UCLA and UC Irvine are looking at the larger implications of enlisting the private sector in the pursuit of critical security needs and scrutinizing the U.S. intelligence apparatus.