COBRE/Tropical Medicine Seminar

October 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Medical Education Building Auditorium (Room 315)

"Infectious Disease and Irreversible Catastrophic Risk: Risk Management in Complex Society"
by Dr. James Campbell, Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii


Can infectious diseases precipitate State failure? In a global pandemic, domestic and international public health networks may not quickly detect or appropriately respond to the nature, scale and complexity of the impending disaster. A severe pandemic of sufficient scale and centrality to a country’s socio-economic system can result in a shutdown in the flow of goods and services. Coupled with other global networks, such as trade, supply chain contagion can propagate rapidly through connected networks including financial systems. Technological systems are engineered to be interconnected, interoperable and interdependent to increase speed and efficiency, but this also increases vulnerability to systemic shocks. Recovery from a disease-induced shock, particularly in fragile or conflict-affected states, may prove difficult or impossible, and thus be considered an irreversible catastrophic risk.

Event Sponsor
Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research/Tropical Medicine, Mānoa Campus

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DeWolfe Miller, (808) 692-1605,, James Campbell seminar (PDF)

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