New Security Challenges Posed by Megacities
Can We Ensure Peace and Prosperity in the World’s Fast-Growing Cities?
Kathleen Hicks, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
City governance will be severely tested by security issues. By 2040, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Two billion of them will live in slum-like conditions. Population density and poverty create conditions for civil unrest and technology enables like-minded people to easily connect with each other. The fast-paced advances in cheap military-like technologies could potentially lead as far as lawlessness taking hold in megacities. And the increasing dependence on “smart” city infrastructure creates new vulnerabilities to cyberattacks. For megacities to become the stable, secure, equitable and prosperous living environments people demand, we will need to craft effective mechanisms of urban governance.