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The Post-Tragedy ‘Opportunity-bubble’ and the Prospect of Citizen Engagement


Daniel Christie September 01, 2011 10:53

This is a thoughtful article based on sound psychological research.  It's worth repeating the authors' take-away message: "it is not enough to plan ahead to avert tragedies; it is also essential to plan ahead to take advantage of opportunity-bubbles when tragedies do come about."

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Fathali Moghaddam

Fathali M. Moghaddam is professor, Department of Psychology, and director of the Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Government, Georgetown University. His most recent book is The New Global Insecurity (2010); more details about his research and publications can be found at his website: www.fathalimoghaddam.com

James Breckenridge

James N. Breckenridge, PhD, is professor of psychology and co-director of the PGSP–Stanford Consortium at the Palo Alto University. He is also associate director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT) and a senior fellow at the Center for Homeland Security and Defense (CHDS).

Fathali Moghaddam and James Breckenridge examine the “opportunity-bubble” that allows leaders to mobilize the public immediately following a tragic event. “Although great crisis will inevitably invite consideration of many alternatives, leadership must pay special attention to opportunities to engage the public as capable partners in their country’s response to the crisis – calling upon them as citizens with civic duties, as well as rights.”

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Moghaddam, Fathali, and James Breckenridge. “The Post-Tragedy ‘Opportunity-bubble’ and the Prospect of Citizen Engagement.” Homeland Security Affairs 7, 10 Years After: The 9/11 Essays (September 2011)