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The Language of Risk in Israel: An Orwellian Newspeak?

Chatham House, London


Guy Cohen, Compliance Analyst, ELIEL Security Technologies (Ltd)
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House


During and after the Second Intifada, Israel has transformed the language of risk anxiety into the language of resilience. Western countries are also managing the risks in the context of a plethora of risk and resilience policies: security, foreign and economic.

Guy Cohen will outline how in Israel, the discourse of risk involves identifying different types of risk exposure and how the managerial capacity for resilience could factor in the perceived strength of a country such as Israel. He will look at the staging points between de-escalation and re-escalation and at the euphemism of ‘targeted interceptions’ and will discuss if risk-jargon could provide opportunities with immediate benefits for conflict resolution or if it is merely an Orwellian Newspeak that manufactures conflict-irresolution.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.