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Author Biography

Dr. Nathan E. Busch is an associate professor of government at Christopher Newport University (CNU) and co-director of the CNU Center for American Studies, where he is lead coordinator of CNU’s annual Symposium on Homeland Security. He is author of No End In Sight: The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation (University of Kentucky Press, 2004), and editor of Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy (University of Georgia Press, 2009). He can be reached at nbusch@cnu.edu. Austen D. Givens is a PhD student in Public Policy at King’s College London, and teaches courses on homeland security and cybersecurity at Utica College in New York. He can be reached at adgivens@utica.edu.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/1944-0472.6.2.1

Subject Area Keywords

Complex emergencies, Homeland security, Terrorism / counterterrorism

Abstract

This article examines the current status of public-private partnerships in disaster management, as well as the emerging opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed for these partnerships to achieve their full potential. The article begins with a systematic overview of the strategic, operational, and tactical effects of public-private partnerships in disaster management today and describes how these effects can increase societal resilience. Next, the article discusses several of the emerging opportunities and challenges that these partnerships will have to work through in the coming years. The article concludes with a set of policy recommendations to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of public-private partnerships in disaster management.

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