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In this chapter, students will learn why health has not traditionally been seen as a security issue and why this began to change. They will look at the main health issues on the security agenda: the spread of infectious disease, especially to the West; the impact of HIV/AIDS, especially on state stability; and the risk of bio-terrorism. Questions which arise include whether some of these risks have been overstated, whose interests are being served by securitizing health, and whether health should be a concern for security policy or development policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity Studies: An Introduction
EditorsPaul D. Williams
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxford
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • health
  • security


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