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Multilateral Biosecurity Dialogue with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the United States

The Center is hosting a multilateral dialogue among biosecurity experts from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the United States to promote engagement that helps improve national and regional response to natural, accidental, and deliberate biological events.

Dialogue countries will consider Southeast Asia’s increasingly complex biosecurity risk landscape—natural outbreaks of emerging and potential pandemic pathogens, porous borders and highly mobile populations, rising terrorism threats, and a rapidly growing biotechnology industry—as they explore how they can work together to strengthen preparedness.

This “Track II” (non-governmental) dialogue originated in 2014 as a bilateral effort, facilitated by the Center, between Singapore and the United States and expanded to include Malaysia and Indonesia in 2015. Track II dialogues are an opportunity for respected, experienced stakeholders to collectively identify important issues that merit official policy engagement between and among governments (i.e., “Track I” level). With this foundation, participants are prepared to engage senior leadership in their home countries in an influential way.

Project team lead: Anita Cicero, JD

Project team: Matthew Shearer, MPH; Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Gigi Kwik Gronvall, PhD; Tom Inglesby, MD

Project supported by: Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMDs