Interview: Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on 8 years of Combating WMD Terrorism

July 18, 2012: Ambassador Jenkins, Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, and Ambassador Laura Kennedy, U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Issues. Credit: State Department

This interview on 80,000 Hours focuses on Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins’ time as Ambassador at the U.S. Department of State under the Obama administration, where she worked for eight years as Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins has had an incredible career in diplomacy and global security. Today she’s a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and president of Global Connections Empowering Global Change, where she works on global health, infectious disease and defense innovation.

Ambassador Jenkins discusses a range of topics including the State Department’s role in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, the implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and the Biological Weapons Convention.

The 80,000 Hours Podcast is produced by Keiran Harris. A transcript of the podcast and links to resources mentioned in the interview are available here.

Sept 14, 2010: Ambassador Jenkins visits labs working on countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Kazakhstan. Credit: State Department
May 3, 2012: Ambassador Jenkins with Ambassador Olusegun Akinsanya in Addis Ababa.
Credit: State Department

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