In the midst of great crisis, it is difficult to contemplate the future. In recent decades, determining what kind of future to imagine has been an ongoing challenge for millions of people around the world who have been subjected to war, terrorism, and civil disorder. While destruction of the environment has long been part of warfare, it has become increasingly important as environmental pressures have intensified in our time. Focusing on the challenges and issues that arise for those contemplating a way forward in the wake of catastrophic upheavals, Sustainable Development in Crisis Conditions takes a broad-based and integrative approach. What emerges is that the post-WWII reconstruction or nation-building perspectives are inadequate and inappropriate to most of the contemporary post-conflict challenges-a successful response requires a sustainable development approach, and Sustainable Development in Crisis Conditions is a preliminary exploration of this complex subject.
Phillip J. Cooper is professor of public administration at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Claudia Mar'a Vargas is associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University and associate professor of public administration at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.
Chapter 1 War, Terror, and Civil Disorder in Today's World Chapter 2 Environmental, Social, and Economic Warfare: Deliberate Destruction, Collateral Damage, or Something More Complex? Chapter 3 People and Other Creatures on the Move Chapter 4 Traumatic Stress: Its Features and Its Long Term Challenges Chapter 5 Demobilization: Looking Past Disaster Chapter 6 A Final Word