by Barry Kellman, BSG Member
December 15, 2009
The Commission on Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism identified two existential threats: nuclear and biological weapons. Bioweapons are easier to make and could be used repeatedly to inflict widespread terror and death. There is a 50-50 chance of a bio-attack against the U.S. by 2013.
Last week, at the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting in Geneva, Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher announced President Barack Obama’s strategy for countering biothreats. By announcing at this forum, the administration highlights the imperative of global cooperation to address biothreats and signals an implicit commitment to the centrality of the BWC in this domain.
Jonathan Granoff is the President of the Global Security Institute, a representative to United Nations of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, a former Adjunct Professor of International Law at Widener University School of Law, and Senior Advisor to the Committee on National Security American Bar Association International Law Section.