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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 165
Title: Complex, Global-Scale Security Challenges Require Enhanced Scientific Infrastructure
Lead Author: Neuberg, Steven L.
Abstract: The United States confronts numerous security challenges stemming from social dynamics at the global scale. Solutions to these challenges, and to their root causes, will only be partly technological. Rather, such problems are rooted in the individual psychologies of individuals; in the dynamic interactions of these individuals within groups; in the interconnected institutions (political, economic, etc.) emerging from, and constraining, these individuals and groups; and in the regional and global connections among larger polities (e.g., states, alliances) within which these institutions exist. The solutions to security challenges are thus likely to depend on improved understanding of complex social human dynamics. I propose (1) a specific program dedicated to supporting social-behavioral approaches directed towards security issues, (2) the allocation of funds generally dedicated generally to encouraging and facilitating multidisciplinary work in the social and behavioral sciences, and (3) the creation of a global data-gathering infrastructuresimilar to the climate-focused NEON programfor researching important, challenging questions of human behavior and social dynamics. Such investments would advance fundamentally important SBE science and enhance the scientific infrastructure for doing so.
PDF: Neuberg_Steven_165.pdf

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