HIV, AIDS and security: where are we now?

Colin McInnes, Simon Rushton

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HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest single causes of death and suffering on the planet. Over the last decade the societal impact of HIV/AIDS has been widely discussed in terms of national and international security. This article assesses the securitizing move and suggests that HIV/AIDS was only partially securitized at best and both the political consensus and strength of evidence were overestimated. It argues for greater nuance in our understanding of the link between HIV/AIDS and security, and the effects of its securitization, suggesting that neither is straightforward, and both are subject to case sensitivities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-245
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Security
  • UN Security Council
  • Conflict
  • Military
  • State stability


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