The O’Neill Institute   |  June 9, 2014

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an imminent threat to international peace and security—not only for health, but also for food, housing, travel, trade, and commerce in an entire region. The outbreak has already crossed international borders between Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, with the potential to spread far beyond—both within Africa and to other continents. Two of the hardest hit countries in West Africa—Sierra Leone and Liberia—are postconflict states, particularly vulnerable to political and civil instability arising as a result of the Ebola disaster.

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