Monkeypox and the Convergence of Climate, Ecological, and Biological Security Risks

By Brigitte Hugh, Lillian Parr, and Dr. Dan Regan A recent study published in Nature found that 218 of the 375 infectious diseases that have impacted humanity have been exacerbated by climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions. In addition,…

Outcomes of Biological Weapons Convention 2022 Consultative Meeting: No Countries Support Russia’s False Allegations

There is a real risk that BWC implementation could slow or stall by the end of this year. This is unacceptable given how biological risks are rising. It would also create an unacceptable dent in confidence in international cooperation for addressing the world's biggest systemic risks. 

Event Summary: RADx® Initiative & COVID-19 Solutions

By Dr. Dan Regan The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) hosted a webinar on June 8 titled RADx® Initiative & COVID-19 Solutions: Bioengineering at Unprecedented Speed and Scale. As COVID-19 continues to spread and new variants of concern emerge, testing…

Within the Health, Climate, and Security Nexus, Prevention is Better than a Cure

By Kelly Bridges During the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, healthcare workers were contracting Ebola at an alarming rate. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that those fighting Ebola at the frontlines--in clinics and hospitals--were up to 32 times…

The WHO BioHub: An Emerging Tool for Secure and Equitable Pathogen Sharing

 By Lillian Parr As the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted, rapid detection and swift information sharing are  key to stemming the spread of emergent infectious diseases and their variants. To gain insight into a novel pathogen or variant, it must be…

The CDC Officially Launches the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics

By: Dr. Ryan Duncombe Last week, a puzzling new monkeypox outbreak appeared in the United States after new cases popped up in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, and Canada. As of May 20, there are now a total of over…

Understanding the Threat of Biological Weapons in a World with COVID-19: Updated Report and Video Release

Today the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is releasing an update to its report entitled Understanding the Threat of Biological Weapons in a World with COVID-19—with a significantly expanded Part III and an accompanying video call-to-action. The updated report features…