Global issues under the microscope

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 December, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 December, 2001, 12:00am

Successful businesses of the future will be those that can assess and prevent risk in a world tainted by terrorism, according to the administrators of a new global research facility.

The Simons Centre for Peace and Disarmament Studies - which will be launched at the University of British Columbia's Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues next month - would unite people to 'research solutions', university president Martha Piper said.

Deputy director of the centre's communication department John Fraser said successful businesses would be those adept at assessing, preventing or managing risk in a global economy.

'The most successful businesses will be those which also understand and respond to the impact they have on the environment, politics, social welfare and local communities in general,' he said.

Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, co-director of the centre along with former minister of foreign affairs Dr Lloyd Axworthy, said the centre would pioneer innovative approaches to pressing global concerns, and give practitioners and academics the chance to collaborate.'The centre will pursue a unique focus that differs from more traditional political science departments or think-tanks,' she said.

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