"Southeast Asia is a region of strategic importance to the United States. The Obama administration has endeavored to strengthen ties in the region, formally announcing a 'strategic pivot' to East Asia in its foreign engagement priorities in 2011.1 Within the region, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia have emerged as strong partners to the US in efforts spanning trade, diplomacy, and defense. These countries also share concerns about biological threats, particularly in light of recent high rates of human migration, climate changes, as well as growing terrorist activity in the region. In recognition of these worrisome trends, the UPMC [University of Pittsburgh Medical Center]. Center for Health Security (UPMC) initiated the first-of-its-kind Track II multilateral biosecurity dialogue in 2015, with delegations from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the US. The dialogue builds upon a bilateral biosecurity dialogue UPMC led between the US and Singapore in 2014. The effort has been supported by the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD and sponsored by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The most recent multilateral dialogue session took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 2-3, 2015. The meeting consisted of four plenary sessions, followed by a tabletop exercise examining state and regional responses to an unusual and large outbreak of Nipah virus in Southeast Asia." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.
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Track II Multilateral Biosecurity Dialogue. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. December 2-3, 2015