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Weapons of Mass Destruction

IGCC’s original emphasis on security and arms control, especially nuclear nonproliferation, has broadened with time. However, thecontinued role of nuclear technology in weapons development as well as civilian energy production and other civilian technologies makes nuclear issues a persistent policy concern. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissile material remains a grave threat to international security and has intensified the potential threat of nuclear terrorism by non-state actors. IGCC has examined these issues throughout its history, most notably through its Public Policy and Nuclear Threats program.

Biological and chemical threats remain a concern as well. Weaponization of biological agents seemed the more daunting prospect, but unchecked infectious diseases (MRSA, swine flu) have wreaked large-scale havoc without the intervention of malicious agents. IGCC has drawn on medical, biological, international, and public policy expertise from across the UC system and government agencies such as the NIAID Regional Centers of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases to present a curriculum on biological threats that combines what we know about  biological agents and infectious disease with the broader issues involved in international security policy.