March 18, 2021

We can’t prevent tomorrow’s catastrophes unless we imagine them today

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist J. Peter Scoblic

The Trump administration may be gone, but Trumpian chaos persists. Which is why, before he took office, Joe Biden repeatedly emphasized his intention to battle multiple crises simultaneously: a “health crisis,” an “economic crisis,” a “racial justice crisis” and a “climate crisis.” In his inaugural address, the president said, “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge.” And if a crisis is a situation that demands immediate action, it is true: We must act immediately on all of these things.

But if an emergency isn’t resolvable in the short term, it can be counterproductive to characterize it as one. It is not — or not only — a crisis. It is a condition.

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Authors

  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Advisor and Senior ...