The Importance of Climate and Health Security: Sherri Goodman on the ‘Things That Go Boom’ Podcast

By Mackenzie Allen  Leading health experts have warned about the possibility of a pandemic like COVID-19 for many years. Yet as a nation, the United States was disastrously unprepared. In part, this may be due to health security having been…

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,…

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…

Rose Gottemoeller and Andy Weber on the Future of Nuclear and Biological Threats

Correspondent Dana Lewis' most recent "BackStory" podcast covers the worrying increase in global nuclear and biological threats. For the show, Lewis interviews two leading lights in the field: Rose Gottemoeller, former Lead Negotiator for the New Start Treaty, and Andy Weber,…

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,…

The Responsibility to Prepare and Prevent: The Urgent Need For a Climate-Security Governance Architecture

This article was first published on AsiaGlobal Online (April 29, 2020) By Rachel Fleishman Today’s international security and governance architecture was born of the post-World War II period, when a conflict-weary world sought to prevent another clash of nation-state alliances…

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)…

Redefining Critical Infrastructure and Essential Workers

By Bishop Garrison As the country continues to deal with the fallout brought on by the coronavirus, missteps in early high-level decision-making and failure to heed the persistent warnings of our government’s experts about the need to better prepare for…

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…