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On Thursday, February 21, 2013, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted the 30th Asan Dosirak Series with Experts with John L. Casti, co-founder of The X-Center, a Vienna based research institute and former senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.

In a presentation titled, “A World in Crisis: Fukushima to the Eurozone,” Prof. Casti discussed possible solutions to alleviate the impact of extreme incidents and events in the process of policy making and gathering social opinion by exploring similar events and considering predictable or methodological approaches in light of two ‘X-Events’: the March 11, 2011 Fukushima disaster and the Eurozone Crisis.

 * To view Dr. Casti’s Issue Brief on this topic, please download the pdf file at the top of this page.

John L. Casti is the Director and Co-founder of the X-Center, a private research institute based in Vienna, Austria focusing on the development of tools for the anticipation of extreme events in human society. Previously, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Professor Casti has also worked at the RAND Corporation, taught at the University of Airzona, New York University, Princeton University, and the Technical University of Vienna. He is the founder of two companies, Qforma, Inc. and SimWorld, Ltd, and co-founded Kenos Circle. Professor Casti is the author of fourteen books, more than 120 scientific articles and seven technical monographs and textbooks on mathematical modeling. His most recent book is X-EVENTS: The Collapse of Everything (2012, Harper Collins), which addresses the underlying cause of extreme events generated by human inattention, misunderstanding, error, stupidity and/or malevolent intent. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics under Richard Bellman from the University of Southern California.


Date/Time: Thursday, Feburary21, 2013/ 10:00AM-13:00PM

Place: Conference Room(2F) The Asan Institute for Policy Studies