The New ­Bacterial Warfare

TU Boecklsaal
Sep 30 2018
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Vienna
Sunday, September 30, 2018
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Warzones in the Middle East have led to geopolitical instability, displacement and human suffering. An unnoticed side-effect of these conflicts that have destroyed medical infrastructure is an alarming surge of multidrug-resistant infections. These diseases affect not only civilian populations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen but also members of foreign armed forces, thus spreading globally. Vinh-Kim Nguyen is a practicing medical doctor and an anthropologist who draws on molecular epidemiology, global health, and social theory to argue for a paradigm shift in eliminating infectious diseases. In a conversation with IWM Rector Shalini ­Randeria, he will discuss the causes and consequences of this emerging global threat in the wake of the wars in the Middle East.