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Emerging Health Security Threats and Impact of Bioterrorism on the U.S. National Security

Rubina Ali, Inamullah Jan and Muhammad Shoaib Malik
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Rubina Ali: PhD Scholar, Department of Politics & International Relations, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Inamullah Jan: Lecturer, Department of Politics & International Relations, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muhammad Shoaib Malik: Assistant Professor, Department of Pakistan Studies and History, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, 94-103

Abstract: Bioterrorism fear increases after the deliberate release of biological agents at the end of the twentieth century. Letters containing anthrax powder were posted through the U.S. postal system which produces fear among the population. The anthrax assaults after 9/11 made the nation conscious that the public health system is ill-prepared to administer a large-scale emergency. Bioterrorism issue is associated with the deliberate spreading of dangerous diseases thus how comprehensive bioterrorism prevention measures should be taken. Hence, the emergence of bioterrorism has enforced the US administration to transform its national security policy against nontraditional threats. The article shows how bioterror remains a credible threat and poses substantial challenges to the U.S. public health system. Additionally, analysis reveals how resilient public health infrastructure is dominant not only to shielding and enhancing the publics health security but also crucial for the nations security.

Keywords: Biological Terrorism; Preparedness; Biosafety; Countermeasures; Public Health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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