Health and Security

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  • Understanding the nexus between health and security is an increasingly urgent US policy priority, as proliferating global instability stalls progress toward global health goals, disrupts health service delivery, and threatens to spark the next pandemic.

  • Over the past three Administrations, U.S. health and development goals have steadily become more intertwined with national security policies. The world has witnessed unprecedented U.S.-led efforts in combatting infectious diseases—particularly HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria—addressing maternal, newborn, and child health gaps, and building global capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks. Yet continued viability and effectiveness of these health investments require a far better understanding of what is happening in the security realm, how to better navigate and operate in conflict-plagued environments, and how to best integrate health and security policies and programs.

    CSIS’ work on Health and Security provides an in-depth analysis of this emerging complex interface between proliferating security threats and extensive global health demands. It analyzes how U.S. policies and programs must be adapted and capacities strengthened, in both global health and international security, to advance U.S. national interests in the coming years. Topics explored include contributions of the U.S. DOD in combatting infectious disease, cultivating health security partnerships with governments in geopolitically significant regions, and assessing the successes and long term viability of the Global Health Security Agenda.

Studying Health and Security