West African Governments Must Tread Carefully In Responding To Ebola Epidemic’s Lasting Fallout

Foreign Policy: Is Ebola the New Powder Keg?
Thomas Leo Scherer, senior program specialist for economics and peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace

“…While there are clear voids in the available research on the links between war and disease, Ebola, it can be argued, is not an automatic threat to peace. As the world works to alleviate the disease’s social side effects, the research suggests that whether conflict and violence also emerge more widely will depend on the actions of the governments in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. If their endeavors to maintain order and stay in power become repressive, they may unleash a national threat that, arguably, would be even greater than Ebola” (2/2).

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