No. 5: Biological Risks: Protection from Pandemics and Bioterrorism
Author(s): Andreas Wenger, Sergio Bonin
Editor(s): Daniel Möckli
Series: CSS Analysis in Security Policy
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
Publication Year: 2007
Scenarios for natural outbreaks or intentional dissemination of microorganisms that can cause infectious diseases are currently subject to intense political debate. In formulating strategies for defense against biological risks, most states pursue a variety of approaches depending on the hazard: While the security services focus on bioterrorism, the health sector concentrates on naturally occurring infectious diseases. A comprehensive approach would not only be more cost-effective, but would also provide a greater degree of political sustainability.