Instable and dangerous occurrences affecting specific communities or whole societies can be devastating to systems of goverance and state function.  Crises are 'emergencey events' deemed to be negative changes in security, economic, political, societal or environmental affairs, especially when they occur abruptly. A deeper understanding of the path to resolving these  'emergency events' or 'crises', are central to CIC's efforts to help actors effectively navigate new risks and find opportunities for effective cooperation.

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