n African Security Review - Meeting the challenge : civil society and the norm against the weaponisation of disease : feature

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The threat of biological disease has been significantly raised in the public consciousness in the past few years. Where previously state-run programmes were the most significant concern, increasingly policy makers are focusing on the threat that access to biological weapons by non-state actors can pose. The establishment and maintenance of effective regimes to prevent the spread of biological weapons requires efforts by different actors at different levels. Civil society organizations can play an important role in mobilising public awareness and increasing knowledge on preventing the spread of biological weapons. The establishment of a specific network to further these aims - the Bioweapons Prevention Project - has given civil society organizations a clear focus and direction for their efforts.


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