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Biological threats: why the US is 'dangerously vulnerable'

September 27, 2017

Abstract: The threat of biological catastrophes-- stemming from natural, accidental or intentional causes-- looms ever larger as populations urbanize, global temperatures rise, and the access to...

Evolving perspectives on risk in biology and the life sciences

September 27, 2017

Abstract: Against a backdrop of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of natural origin, fueled by changes in land use and global climate, there is an ongoing revolution in the life sciences...

Biotechnology and Security: Are We Prepared?

April 12, 2016

Abstract: Biotechnology is rapidly diffusing globally.

Technology Impact on Biosecurity Policy and Practice

October 26, 2015

Abstract: The threat of biological attack on the people of the United States and the world, whether intentional, natural or accidental, is of growing concern, both in spite of and because of...

Accomplishments of the Soviet Biological Warfare Program, 1928-1991, and Its Legacy

April 16, 2012

The book The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History by Milton Leitenberg and Raymond A. Zilinskas is scheduled to be published on May 14, 2012 by Harvard University Press.

The Impact of European Missile Defense on Russia's Strategic Deterrence

October 24, 2011

Russia has had a long history of opposing US missile defense activities. Most recently, Russian concern focused on the alleged capability of the "third site" to intercept Russian ICBMs.

Escaping the 'Half-pipe of Doom:' Is the IPCC Model Transferable to Issues of Safety and Security of Biotechnology?

May 13, 2010

Exponential advances in the life sciences, particularly in the realm of biotechnology, have been held to raise the classic concerns of "dual-use" research: the same technologies that propel...

Options for European Ballistic Missile Defenses

November 5, 2009

This talk will address alternative options for European ballistic missile defense, including the now cancelled Polish-Czech option and the recently announced Obama plan for a phased deployment of...

Biodefense in the 21st Century: The Political Realities

October 15, 2008

Abstract:  In 2003, General John Gordon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and former Deputy Director of the CIA asked his staff to do an end-to-end evaluation of U.S.

Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World

May 28, 2008

Arms races among invertebrates, intelligence gathering by the immune system and alarm calls by marmots are but a few of nature’s security strategies that have been tested and modified over billions...

DNA for Peace: The Balance Between Biosciences for Development and Security

May 30, 2007

One of the world's greatest ethical challenges is the inequities in global health.

Cooperative Threat Reduction: Former Soviet Biological Weapons Facilities

January 16, 2007

The speaker will describe his experiences over ten years of developing a comprehensive program to engage the formerly top secret Soviet biological weapons complex through joint scientific research...

2006 FSI International Conference: A World at Risk

November 16, 2006

An invigorating day of addresses, debate, and discussion of major sources of systemic and human risk facing the global community.

Strategies for Combating Terrorism

October 10, 2006

Bioterrorism is a growing threat. While the U.S.

The Antiplague System of the Former Soviet Union

October 18, 2005

The USSR's anti-plague system had four main responsibilities: monitor natural foci of endemic dread diseases such as plague, tularemia, anthrax, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; protect the...

The Shifting Face of Chemical Terrorism

April 19, 2005

While U.S. policy is focused on defending against a mass-effect bioterrorism attack, we may be missing a lower-tech threat of much higher probability.

Bioterrorism: A Challenge to Science and Security

May 30, 2003

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The Strategic Aspects of Warning

May 15, 2001

Many CISAC projects involve decision makers who have to respond to a threat quickly in spite of uncertain evidence that it is really there.


Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science