“This book is an original and unique contribution to the literature on infectious disease detection and response, offering an encyclopedic consideration of regional health diplomacy as a ‘bridge to peace.’ The volume presents a very detailed case study of three transnational regional disease surveillance programs of varying effectiveness and tackles the question of the legitimacy and accountability of the transnational public-private partnerships which play an increasingly central role in global health assistance.”
—Julie Fischer, Stimson Center

“Disease threatens economic and social stability, increasing despair and the potential for violence in any country. Yet, I’ve seen firsthand how strong national and international partnerships and community-driven health efforts, like the Guinea worm eradication campaign, can be unexpected vehicles for peace in areas of long-standing conflict. Pandemics and Peace outlines what’s possible when we work together for the common good and is a valuable resource for scholars and field implementers.”
—John B. Hardman, MD, president and CEO, The Carter Center

“It is surprising that no one had written this needed book before. But now we have it, and Pandemics and Peace greatly enriches our understanding of how, when, and why medical cooperation occurs even in the face of international conflict.”
—Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

“This excellent book is rich in information and insight, comprehensively conceived, with wise and timely policy suggestions. Long provides a detailed analysis of three regional organizations that cooperatively conduct infectious disease surveillance programs that function among countries with contentious relations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. This is an admirable work based on solid research and a thorough use of relevant theories.”
—Louis Kriesberg, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies,  
Syracuse University

“This volume provides a very good overview of trends in international health interdependencies and collaboration among a variety of actors to stem harmful impacts. Of particular note is the influence of health interdependencies on security interests and the evolution of the activities of varied actors. There are particularly interesting commentaries on the roles of nonstate actors. These actors include intergovernmental organizations and commercial and humanitarian bodies. The study is quite readable and should be purchased by a wide range of individuals and groups in the health and international relations fields.”
—Mark Zacher, professor emeritus of political science and former director of the Institute of International Relations at University of British Columbia


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By: Susan Stigant; Elizabeth Murray

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