chapter  3
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FORGING THE LINK: Risk management goes to war

Risk, as we have seen, ranks highly among the central guiding principles of reformed Cold Warriors contemplating the vagaries of contemporary international political life. Policing too has become more akin to proactive risk management rather than rehabilitative retrospective crime busting. These simultaneous developments on both domestic and international fronts in turn unfold promising but hitherto unexplored intellectual avenues in international relations for reconceptualising war as risk management. It is well and good that the language of risk is gaining prominence, but what might war as risk management look like in practice if talk is indeed being translated into action and an incipient link being made to war? It might be staring us straight in the face without our even being aware of it.