The Threat of Global Pandemics
International health officials are warning that a deadly avian influenza virus may soon spread rapidly, overwhelming unprepared health systems in rich and poor countries alike. As a call to action, the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs includes a special set of articles on the threat of global pandemics. In collaboration with Nature magazine, Foreign Affairs has provided this coverage to assist the efforts of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly.
Joseph McMillan argues in this USIP report that in the near future, U.S. and Saudi perspectives on Iraq will be quite similar with both countries tightly focused on restoring peace and order and preventing the propagation of terrorism. However, there is also ample room for divergence. Saudi Arabia values its ties to Washington, but its ability to cooperate with U.S. policy will be limited by regional and domestic pressures. Ensuring that Saudi Arabia is a force for stability in the Gulf rather than a source of disruption is a continuing challenge for U.S. diplomacy.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) discusses the role of the United States in the twenty-first century.