Two new revolutions in biology—gain-of-function research and synthetic biology—are forcing policymakers to rethink current national and international surveillance and regulatory systems, and any resolution will require international buy-in since the threat entails all living organisms.
Medicines are increasingly the product of complex supply chains, introducing vulnerabilities to their reliability and safety. CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett lays out how G8 and G20 nations can help to remedy the drug safety crisis.
The cholera epidemic that has added to the list of Haiti's post-earthquake miseries is a reminder that what Haiti needs more than anything else is good governance that would lead to better infrastructure and safe water.
Laurie Garrett and El'Haum Alavian discuss the challenge, for the world's richest nations, of assisting emerging economies in their transition to self-reliance in obtaining public goods, and finding solutions that guarantee equitable access to health for the entire family of nations.
Haiti's cholera outbreak is exacerbated by unclean water and a subpar sanitation system, andlagging infrastructure repairs highlight the inadequate global response to the country's earthquake in January, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
International donor support for fighting HIV has flat-lined, yet the United States--the world's largest donor--is under fire from the global community, and domestic political support for Obama administration global health funding is flagging, writes CFR's Laurie Garrett.
President Obama's first National Security Strategy departs from Bush administration doctrine by redefining the war against terror groups and embracing multilateralism, and may expect too much from global partners, say CFR experts in an analytical roundup.
It's important to evaluate foreign aid programs and address questions of accountability and value, especially at a time of concern about the economy, but cuts or reductions in foreign assistance support aren't merited, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
Healthcare reform has been seen internationally as a test of President Obama's mettle, writes CFR's global health expert Laurie Garrett, and GOP challenges will force it to be a White House preoccupation until after the November elections.
An e-newsletter produced by CFR's Global Health Program looking at the Obama administration's Global Health Initiative, the swine flu backlash, and the dangers ahead for Haiti, as well as a number of other timely issues.
Laurie Garrett and Dana March point out that vaccinations against influenza do not mrerely protect the population from the virus itself but that they have significant long term health benefits that should not be ignored.
CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says President Barack Obama's agriculture development and food security initiative holds promise, but it must focus on how to assist women, who are responsible for the majority of agricultural work in Africa.
The ease and availability of global travel brings the threat of widespread contagion ever closer to reality. From time to time one of those diseases takes hold – bird flu, SARS and more recently, MERS, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. In a conversation with Dr. Norman Swan, host of Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Health Report, and Gareth Williams, professor of medicine at the University of Bristol, Laurie Garrett answers the question, "How much of a threat do such epidemics actually pose and how prepared are we for a plague?"
In a conversation with BBC Future at the Atlantic Meets the Pacific festival, Laurie Garrett discusses her fears that humanity is taking a lackluster approach to facing up to the problems of the future. From newly emerging diseases to lethal and drug-resistant strains of familiar plagues, Garrett believes people have become overly complacent about some of the biggest threats to life on Earth.
Laurie Garrett talks with Tavis Smiley on the Tavis Smiley Radio Show about her Foreign Affairs essay of the same title, which says the practice of synthetic biology holds great promise for humankind—it could lead to anything from cleaner water to a cure for cancer. But unchecked, it could also lead to Armageddon.
Map: Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks
This interactive map visually plots diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008.
More About Laurie Garrett
"I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks" was awarded both Gold (Science) and Silver (Current Affairs) medals in the national eLIT Awards competition in May 2012.