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Infectious diseases and international security: the Biological Weapons Convention and beyond

Infectious diseases and international security: the Biological Weapons Convention and beyond
Infectious diseases and international security: the Biological Weapons Convention and beyond
Threats to the security of states can result from the deliberate use of pathogens (biological weapons), their accidental release from research laboratories, or naturally occurring outbreaks of particular infectious diseases. This article discusses emerging opportunities for international cooperation against infectious diseases through the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The new process for reviewing the BWC could shift the BW problem away from the traditional arms control paradigm and toward broader notions of disease-based threats to security. In addition, proposed revisions to the WHO's International Health Regulations are highly relevant to the challenge of responding to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases through national and international mechanisms. The article concludes with recommendations for meeting emerging BW threats
1073-6700
107-125
Enemark, Christian
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Enemark, Christian
004b6521-f1bb-426a-a37b-686c6a8061f6

Enemark, Christian (2005) Infectious diseases and international security: the Biological Weapons Convention and beyond. The Nonproliferation Review, 12 (1), 107-125. (doi:10.1080/10736700500208777).

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Threats to the security of states can result from the deliberate use of pathogens (biological weapons), their accidental release from research laboratories, or naturally occurring outbreaks of particular infectious diseases. This article discusses emerging opportunities for international cooperation against infectious diseases through the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The new process for reviewing the BWC could shift the BW problem away from the traditional arms control paradigm and toward broader notions of disease-based threats to security. In addition, proposed revisions to the WHO's International Health Regulations are highly relevant to the challenge of responding to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases through national and international mechanisms. The article concludes with recommendations for meeting emerging BW threats

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Published date: 2005
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 400241
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400241
ISSN: 1073-6700
PURE UUID: 762e90df-295c-467e-b598-a483c51f9f4c
ORCID for Christian Enemark: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1833-0927

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Date deposited: 22 Sep 2016 11:07
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:15

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