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Closing the gap: Establishing a new UN mechanism for discerning the source of pandemics of unknown origins

The current conflict in Ukraine has caused growing concerns about the potential use of unconventional weapons. Dr Angela Kane, Dr Jaime M. Yassif, and Christopher Colletta from NTI highlight the urgency of establishing a “Joint Assessment Mechanism” within the UN system to investigate cases where there is ambiguity about the source of a biological event.


Jaime M. Yassif

Dr. Jaime M. Yassif is Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs at NTI, where she oversees the program's work to reduce global catastrophic biological risks, strengthen biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and drive progress in advancing global health security. Yassif...


Christopher Colletta

Christopher Colletta serves as a consultant for the Global Nuclear Policy Program at NTI. His work focuses related to East Asia to include future strategic stability and arms control talks with China, the concept of cooperative threat reduction with North Korea. He also contributes to Horizon...


Ukraine: Europe should walk its talk on women, peace and security

Within days of Russia invading Ukraine, the two sides started negotiations on a possible political settlement. These negotiations have been difficult to assess, as they have had little transparency and erratic messaging. Almut Rochowanski argues that Europe and the US should follow their own foreign policy doctrines and best practices – in particular, the EU should heed its commitment that women must participate and lead in peace processes.

22 April 2022 | Almut Rochowanski

Almut Rochowanski

Almut Rochowanski works with civil society activists in the former Soviet Union, particularly in conflict/post-conflict regions such as Ukraine and Russia's North Caucasus and on women's and girls' rights. From 2014, she has been advising international women's peacebuilding organisations on...