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.…

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…

“Massive Investments in Resilience Needed”: Climate Lessons from Covid

The Chandler Foundation recently released its "Social Investor" magazine, an influential guide to philanthropists and a particularly important one during a time of crisis. In a section titled "Climate Philanthropy Matters," the Thomson Reuters Foundation's Laurie Goering interviewed the Co-Founder…

5 Things to Know About Strategic Risks From the Past Few Weeks

1. On North Korea, COVID-19 and Biological Weapons In a long Politico examination, Andy Weber of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) and other experts outline their concerns that North Korea’s recently-announced quest for a COVID-19 vaccine could also support…

Science suppression is a security threat – whether climate or covid

By Francesco Femia A little over a year ago, the White House tried to block the testimony of a respected professional, Dr. Rod Schoonover – senior analyst and senior scientist in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S.…

Climate Change Entails More Than Changing Temperatures: Disease and Security Implications

By Leah Emanuel In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Matthew Vollrath, a journalism Master’s student at Stanford, has created a podcast entitled “Life in the Coronaverse.” This five-part series explores the linkages between the coronavirus and climate change, how…