Covid and Climate Change Push South Asia Toward a Complex Emergency

By Sarang Shidore and Andrea Rezzonico  As Cyclone Tauktae hurtled toward India’s west coast on May 17, a grim scenario outlined in  Amitav Ghosh’s eloquent meditation on climate change, The Great Derangement, suddenly loomed as a distinct possibility. A direct…

10 + 10 Over 10: A Funding Vision for the U.S. Fight Against Biological Threats

U.S. President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with bipartisan group of governors and mayors on COVID relief - Feb 12, 2021 By Andrew Weber and Yong-Bee Lim Operation Warp Speed - the program of major U.S. government investments that…

National Summit Calls for More Research into “Weather Forecasting” for Infectious Diseases

By Bill Beaver and Yong-Bee Lim  With good reason, the U.S. government is prioritizing pathogen early warning and taking biological threats seriously. In its National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, the Biden Administration announced plans to support…

A Recipe for Disaster? Dual-Use Knowledge During COVID

By Yong-Bee Lim Nature Protocols published an article on January 29, 2021 that is making waves in the biorisk community. Titled “Engineering SARS-CoV-2 Using a Reverse Genetic System,” this article outlines a detailed protocol on how researchers can engineer variants…

The Biden Administration & Biothreats: Week One

President Biden signing a bill for COVID-19 testing, flanked by Vice President Harris and Dr. Fauci, January 21, 2021 By William Beaver  After stepping away from the podium on Inauguration Day, President Biden got to work on fulfilling campaign promises,…

Time to Double Down on DoD Investments in Platform Technologies for Combating Biological Threats

US Marines and USNS Mercy in Los Angeles for COVID-19 response, 26 March 2020 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez/Released) By William BeaverThe race to create a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 has shown the world the potential of…

New SARS-CoV-2 Strain in the United States

Larger-scale genome sequencing needed to bolster early warning  By William Beaver The COVID-19 crisis has made clear that the United States and most other countries need to significantly improve their disease detection capabilities. This pressing need---and a glimpse at part…

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.…