Preparedness

Foreign Affairs Article

Unprepared for a Pandemic

Author: Michael Osterholm

The need to prepare for an influenza pandemic has not yet sunk in, partly because disaster has not yet struck. But that good news could turn into very bad news if it leads to slacking off on necessary preparations today: although no one can predict when or how, a pandemic will occur for sure, and it will have implications far beyond its toll on human health.

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Foreign Affairs Article

America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America’s most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

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State and Local Officials Conference Call with Michael T. Osterholm (Audio)

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Michael T. Osterholm, director of research and policy at the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease, discuss the need for pandemic preparedness and offer suggestions for a detailed response strategy involving the public and private sectors as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call Series.

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State and Local Officials Conference Call with Stephen E. Flynn

Speaker: Stephen E. Flynn
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Stephen E. Flynn, the Council's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, discuss America's infrastructure vulnerability and its homeland security implications as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call Series.

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