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Infectious diseases and securitization: WHO's dilemma
Published in PubMed
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: 181 - 187
The threat posed by infectious diseases has been increasingly framed as a security issue. The UN Security Council's Resolution 1308, which designated HIV/AIDS as a threat to international security, evidenced the securitization process. Using securitization theory as a theoretical tool, this article explores the securitization of infectious diseases in the World Health Organization (WHO). While WHO has tended to securitize infectious diseases since 2000, it has encountered a dilemma in the process because of the inherent asymmetry of interest between developed and developing countries. The act of securitization in WHO currently remains mostly a rhetorical device, since WHO's norms emblematic of securitization have not been backed by operational measures for verification or enforcement due to these asymmetric interests. © Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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JournalBiosecurity and Bioterrorism
Open AccessNo