Preparing for the Next Pandemic: A Scenario Exercise

By Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü The following is a hypothetical future scenario that revolves around possible international efforts to counter another pandemic. It is by no means supposed to be a blueprint for an international response mechanism. Nevertheless, the author hopes…

What International Relations Tells Us about COVID-19

This is an excerpt from an article first published on E-International Relations (April 26, 2020) By Joshua Busby The emergence of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) in 2019 may be the most consequential event of the early 21st century, upending modern life, globalization,…

International Response to Pandemics: Is there a need for a new international institution?

By Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Senior Advisor, The Council on Strategic Risks The whole world is suffering from the devastating effects of the coronavirus. The human losses can only be compared with the consequences of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD)…

The Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Climate Change

By Shiloh Fetzek The Stockholm Environment Institute and Mistra Geopolitics hosted a webinar on the Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Climate Change on 3 April. It covered how the ongoing crisis might impact climate ambition in the near term, whether or…

America’s Military is Demonstrating it Should Play a Leading Role in Combatting Coronavirus — Look No Further Than New Rochelle

By Sherri Goodman and Greg Douquet Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld famously said you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want. Fortunately, the army we have is ready to go to war against a new enemy: the rapidly spreading coronavirus that poses…

How the U.S. Should Counter Coronavirus Disinformation Campaigns

On March 30, Defense One published an excellent article by the Council on Strategic Risks' Natasha Bajema and Christine Parthemore on COVID-19 disinformation campaigns, and how the U.S. could most effectively combat them. Below is a short excerpt from the…

Parthemore Highlights Critical Lessons for Pandemic Response

The Council on Strategic Risks’ CEO, Christine Parthemore - previously Senior Advisor to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs - recently spoke to Tom Temin of the Federal News Network to highlight critically…

Media Advisory: The Council On Strategic Risks Offers Expertise On Biological Threats to Assist With COVID-19 Response

Media Advisory Date: March 13, 2020Contact: Francesco Femia, ffemia at csrisks dot org THE COUNCIL ON STRATEGIC RISKS OFFERS EXPERTISE ON BIOLOGICAL THREATS TO ASSIST WITH COVID-19 RESPONSE Washington, DC - The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is focused on anticipating, analyzing and addressing core…