Biosecurity risks are an increasing concern in Southeast Asia. An outbreak of infectious disease in the region, whether the result of a deliberate attack, an accidental release, or a natural occurrence, could threaten global commerce. It could also affect the security and stability of US allies and interests along the increasingly contentious South China Sea. In addition to the persistent threat of emerging diseases, porous borders and increased terrorist activity in Southeast Asia are continuing to add to this region's biosecurity concerns. In response to the growing biosecurity risks, it is important for the United States to work with partner nations in the region to build bridges of cooperation, share information, and identify practices to manage and diminish the risks posed by biological threats.
Gronvall, Gigi Kwik, Sanjana Ravi, Rom Inglesby and Anita Cicero. 2015. "Singapore-Malaysia-Indonesia-US Dialogue on Biosecurity." Health Security 13 (December): 399-405. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/hs.2015.0051