Reviews two selected papers: “Circle of risk”, and “Time runs out”. Bases the selection of papers on several factors. The first paper on circles of risk, is quite relevant to the main theme of this issue, that is risk and crisis management. It offers a new modelling approach that could affect our perception of the extent of the millennium problem. The second paper summarises the state of the art related o the millennium problem from a global economic point f view. Criticism is embedded within the context of the smmary of each paper.