Global Health Security Agenda ‘Is Timely, Coherent, Compelling, And Concrete’

Writing in the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health” blog, J. Stephen Morrison, CSIS senior vice president and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, examines the recently launched Global Health Security Agenda. “…The GHS Agenda marks an important and promising turning point in U.S. policy. It is timely, coherent, compelling, and concrete. It raises the bar for using U.S. diplomacy to advance health security; getting Margaret Chan, the Chinese, Russians, Saudis and Indians initially on board was no small achievement. Importantly, the GHS Agenda visibly presses diverse U.S. agencies to operate in concert. … Whether it is successful over the medium to long term will rest on the results achieved, whether the United States and partners continue to see value in staying engaged diplomatically, whether there are ample resources to build capacity, and whether those powers joined in the GHS Agenda conversations are willing to confront systematically how the world’s broken places threaten health security” (2/18).