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Conference on Strategic Health Diplomacy

8th Floor, Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Investing in global health by targeting widespread diseases can not only produce tremendous public health gains, but serve as an enormously effective diplomatic tool. In a recently released Bipartisan Policy Center study, former Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist show how the president’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has both saved the lives of millions and bolstered the stability, security, and socio-economic development of vulnerable countries leading to better regional stability, viable trade partnerships, and goodwill toward the United States. They call this strategic health diplomacy: the recognition that global health programs can and should be a critical component of U.S. national security toolbox.

Daschle and Frist hosted a conference on the concept and future applications of strategic health diplomacy. Panels, including current and former U.S. government officials, military leaders, and international voices, discussed successful uses of strategic health diplomacy, the national security benefits of global health programs, and areas of future strategic health diplomacy.

Read the Report
The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR

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General James Cartwright
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Dr. Deborah Birx
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. State Department

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Michael Gerson
Columnist, The Washington Post

Dr. Ashish Jha
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

Rear Admiral Thomas R. Cullison
Senior Advisor, Uniformed Services University Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM)

Dr. Donald Kaberuka
Former Chair, African Development Bank

Mark Pfeifle
Former National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Global Engagement

Admiral Tim Ziemer
US Global Malaria Coordinator

Jim Glassman
Former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy

Nicholas Burns
Former Under Secretary for Political Affairs

Steve Radelet
Director, Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Tom Daschle
Co-Founder, BPC
Former Senate Majority Leader

Bill Frist, MD
Senior Fellow, BPC
Former Senate Majority Leader


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