Lessons from Japan’s Response to COVID-19, Part 2: A CSR Podcast Episode

By Christine Parthemore Sadly, the United States continues to lead the world in cases and mortality from COVID-19, with more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and more than 215,000 Americans dead. Japan continues to perform exceptionally well in keeping COVID-19…

Lessons from Japan on Battling COVID-19: A CSR Podcast Episode

By Christine Parthemore The United States has now tragically reached more than 210,000 people killed by COVID-19. These victims are among more than 7 million infected---including the President, many from the White House staff and Congress, and military leadership. Just…

Complex Emergencies and Alliance Strength

Progress of storms and hurricanes (green) and wildfires (orange), 9/16/2020 By Christine Parthemore Late summer 2020 is serving as yet another reminder that the 21st century will be profoundly shaped by complex and compounding emergencies. In the United States alone,…

Interview with CSR Board Member Robert Palay: COVID-19 Has Shown the World How Serious Biothreats Are

This interview is part of a series in which Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) & Center for Climate and Security (CCS)  interns interview members of the CSR and CCS Advisory Boards, along with other key voices in the security field.…

Early Warning in Preventing Future Pandemics: Incredible Opportunity & Major Hurdles

Data will be one of the central components of preventing future outbreaks from growing to pandemic proportions. This holds for natural disease outbreaks and for deliberate biological attacks. Our tools and methods for collecting, analyzing, and using data are incredible…

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…