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date: 23 August 2019

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Health and security are obviously related: pathogens may kill significant numbers of people, gut military forces, or significantly damage the economy. But the increased mobility of people and goods wrought by globalization, the emergence and re-emergence of a host of infectious diseases, unprecedented refugee flows, and the contemporary bioterrorist threat make disease control less susceptible to national solutions than in the past. Moreover, efforts to link health and national security tend to privilege defense against pathogens that might threaten the developed world and do little to improve global cooperation on pressing health issues. Nevertheless, early efforts to trace the national security implications of infectious disease have produced positive outcomes, including successfully attracting attention and resources to health issues and producing a wave of academic interest in health as a global governance issue.

Keywords: epidemic disease, global health, global health governance, global health security, health security, human security, national security, securitization

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