Julie E. Fischer

Former Fellow

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Dr. Julie E. Fischer leads Stimson’s Global Health project. Fischer is a former Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow.

As professional staff with the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Fischer worked on issues related to medical emergency preparedness, and the consequences of biological, chemical, and radiological exposures during military service.

Fischer served as a senior research fellow at the University of Washington/Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and an independent consultant to a Thai-US collaboration aimed at strengthening Thai capacity to identify and control emerging infections of regional and global significance.

Fischer received a BA from Hollins University,  and a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt University.



Selected Publications

The Revised International Health Regulations: A Framework for Global Pandemic Response” (Global Health Governance, 2010) – with Rebecca Katz.

“Health: A Development Perspective” (Security and Development, Georgetown University Press, forthcoming).

“Mapping the United States Government Engagement in Global Public Health” (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2009) – with Eric Lief, Vidal Seegobin, and Jen Kates.

“The US Government’s Global Health Policy Architecture: Structure, Programs, and Funding” (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2009) – with Jen Kates and Eric Lief.

“Disease Respects No Borders: Governance, the State, and Regional Health Security” (Transnational Trends: Middle Eastern and Asian Views, Stimson, 2008).

 “Observations on China’s New Biosafety and Biosecurity Framework” (Beijing on Biohazards: Chinese Experts on Bioweapons Nonproliferation Issues, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 2007).

Stewardship or Censorship: Balancing Biosecurity, the Public’s Health, and the Benefits of Scientific Openness (Stimson, 2006).

Research & Writing

Domestic Disease Detection: The Other Surveillance

Dying crows fall broken to New York City streets; flamingos succumb at the Bronx Zoo; dozens of feverish patients with severe neurological symptoms stagger into hospitals in Queens. What connected all of these events? In 1999, only the hunches of one a…

Video: From the Global to the Local: Building Capacity in a New Era of US Global Health Action

As the US government redefines its global health engagement strategies, policy makers increasingly embrace the need to help partner nations strengthen health systems and build public health surveillance and response capabilities. Although many in the f…

Global Health Security: A Long-Term Prescription

The Challenge We need a coherent global health strategy that looks beyond each crisis to the bigger picture. The 2003 SARS outbreak, when a new and virulent pneumonia spread by international travelers killed hundreds and wreaked havoc on Asian economic…

Stimson in the News
Julie Fischer and Rebecca Katz Publish “Momentum for Global Health Security” Op-ed in the Hill

Amidst contentions over Palestinian statehood, a walkout by delegations during the Iranian president’s address, and  the challenges of reinvented governments, a revolutionary moment for global health security snuck by virtually unnoticed at the 20…

Issue Brief
Global Health Security: A Long-term Prescription

We need a coherent global health strategy that looks beyond each crisis to the bigger picture. The US has invested billions of dollars in confronting health threats abroad – one disease at a time. The Challenge We need a coherent global health strategy…

Julie Fischer authors op-ed for Virtual Biosecurity Center on pathogen detection

Julie Fischer wrote an opinion-editorial for Virtual Biosecurity Center calling on increased and continued efforts by the international community to detect pathogens in order to prevent pandemics. Click here to read the op-ed.

Costing Framework for International Health Regulations (2005)

The revised International Health Regulations (IHR [2005]) conferred new responsibilities on member states of the World Health Organization, requiring them to develop core capacities to detect, assess, report, and respond to public health emergencies. M…

Policy Paper
Defining Health Diplomacy: Changing Demands in the Era of Globalization

Stimson’s Global Health Security program, with Rebecca Katz of George Washington University, published a new analysis on Defining Health Diplomacy: Changing Demands in the Era of Globalization in the new issue of the Milbank Quarterly. In this article,…

Issue Brief
The International Flow of Risk: The Governance of Health in an Urbanizing World

In 2008, the world’s urban population exceeded its rural population for the first time. The United Nations estimates that about 15% of the world’s population now lives in “megacities” of 10 million or more people, or in near-megacities of 5-10 million….

The International Health Regulations (2005): Surveillance and Response in an Era of Globalization

In an era of routine air travel and disease multipliers born of human behaviors, a public health crisis anywhere in the world is a potential problem everywhere. For over one hundred years, nations have negotiated measures to prevent cross-border diseas…

Mapping the United States Government Engagement in Global Public Health

This report represents an effort to map the United States government’s engagement in global health activities as a basis for analysis and to help decision makers understand the scope and organization of programs, policies, authorities, funding and coor…

The US Government’s Global Health Policy Architecture: Structure, Programs, And Funding

Stimson Center Senior Associates Julie Fischer and Eric Lief collaborated in the preparation of a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation providing the first comprehensive look at the US government agencies and programs involved in the nation’s gl…

Stewardship or Censorship?

Balancing Biosecurity, The Public’s Health, and The Benefits of Scientific Openness This book tackles the thorny issue of how several distinct communities – bioscience research, public health, and national security – relate to each other in the complic…

Speaking Data to Power

Science, Technology, and Health Expertise in the National Biological Security Policy Process Following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax assaults, policymakers and the public found themselves confronted with the sudd…

Inching Away From Armageddon: Destroying the US Chemical Weapons Stockpile

More than a decade ago, the United States committed to destroying its stockpile of aging chemical weapons. Milestones for measuring progress under the Chemical Weapons Convention called for all possessor states to destroy 45% of their stockpiles – with…

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