Richard A. Falkenrath, John McLaughlin, and Juan Zarate discuss the extent to which the U.S. is still vulnerable, as part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later.
Eric Schwartz, Assistant Secretary of State For Population, Refugees and Migration, and Paul Stares, Senior Fellow For Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council On Foreign Relations and Co-Author Of CFR special Report, "Enhancing U.S. Preventive Action," discuss how the U.S. and the international community can respond more effectively to future crises.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly details the counterterrorism methods employed by the New York City Police Department for terrorist attack prevention and response.
Bruce Gellin and Michael Osterholm, with his recent article in Foreign Affairs article, "Unprepared for a Pandemic", discuss the current state of pandemic influenza given the recent human deaths in Egypt how the virus has reemerged in birds in Asia .
The nation's capital is a target-rich area by both absolute and symbolic measurements. Yet security officials at this CFR meeting warn that the DC region's ability to respond to terrorism remains limited.
Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the lasting impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed on disaster preparedness and health policy in the United States. Garrett argues that "all our readiness response depends on well-funded police, well-funded fire departments, well-funded hospitals, well-funded public health infrastructures, and precisely the opposite is where we are going right now." Garrett cautions that U.S. preparedness for a major terrorist attack may be decreasing. "As budgets are being cut at the federal level, the state level, and the local level, we're actually less ready than we were in 2001," Garrett says.
Watch global public health experts discuss the threat of an avian flu pandemic and steps that can and should be taken to address it.
Watch Stephen Flynn, the Council's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, discuss his new book, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation.