Biological Warfare and Pandemics in the Middle East: Confronting a Growing Crisis

Thursday April 2, 2020

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the necessity for cooperation among governments in the Middle East, creating an opportunity to overcome geopolitical rivalries in an effort to contain the virus.  Can regional cooperation efforts for containing COVID-19 be a roadmap for an approach to counter bioterrorism and biological warfare in the region?

Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense Executive Director, Dr. Asha M. George, joined Jessica Bell, Senior program officer, Global Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative and Chen Zak Kane, Director, Middle East Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Project Lead, ME WMDFZ Project, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, to discuss this topic.

More information is available at the Middle East Institute.