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Emerging and Re-Emerging Disease: International Public Health


Emerging and Re-Emerging Disease: International Public Health

This coursepack focuses on the need for international awareness and cooperative efforts to combat infectious disease, with a concentration on the AIDS epidemic. The spread of both emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera and malaria poses a serious global challenge. The globalized economy, with its ever expanding international travel and trade, has further exacerbated the spread of disease. Moreover, deteriorating public health systems in some developing countries and the re-emergence and resistance to treatment of numerous recognized diseases illustrate that infectious diseases pose a unique threat to humans worldwide.


Addressing the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: A U.S. Global AIDS Strategy for the Long Term
Council on Foreign Relations, 5/12/04
This CFR report examines US AIDS policy and provides suggestions for a long-term AIDS strategy.

United to Fight HIV/AIDS?
J. Stephen Morrison and Todd Summers
The Washington Quarterly, Autumn 2003
This article examines the international institutional order that is taking shape to fight the AIDS pandemic.

Why Health Is Important to U.S. Foreign Policy
Jordan S. Kassalow
Council on Foreign Relations, April 2001
This report describes why it is important to raise the priority accorded to health in the foreign policy of the United States and recommends policies and procedures to achieve this goal.

The Future of AIDS
Nicholas Eberstadt
Foreign Affairs, November/December 2002
At present, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is overwhelmingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet while it imparts critical information regarding AIDS in Africa, this article's main focus is on the next major area of HIV infection: Eurasia. Eberstadt tracks the spread of the disease in the region's three largest countries—China, India, and Russia—arguing that over the decades ahead, HIV/AIDS is set to be a factor in the very balance of power within Eurasia, and thus, in the relationship between Eurasian states and the rest of the world.

Global Issues
Volume 6, Number 3, December 2001
The articles in this edition of Global Issues cover a variety of health-related issues including HIV/AIDS prevention and care from both domestic and international perspectives, the centrality of diplomacy to building public health infrastructure, the respective roles of nongovernmental organizations and the private sector in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS.

International Obligation and Human Health: Evolving Policy Responses to HIV/AIDS
Paul G. Harris and Patricia Siplon
Ethics & International Affairs, 2001
This article tracks the gradual shift in global attitudes toward HIV/AIDS intervention in poor countries, from complacency to increased action in recent years. The authors argue for the alleviation of human suffering in poor countries as a moral obligation of the world's wealthy countries.

Enter the Fourth Horseman: Health Security and International Relations Theory
Jeremy Youde
The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Winter/Spring 2005
Jeremy Youde examines the link between health and international security.

The Return of "Microbialpolitik"
David P. Fidler
Foreign Policy, Winter 2001
This article examines the "globalization of public health," and the thus far ineffective efforts of First World governments to protect their citizens and those of developing countries from the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, acute respiratory infections, and diarrheal diseases. The international politics of disease control, or "microbialpolitik," which originated in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, have once again resurfaced, and have become a leading concern of diplomats and policymakers who view international cooperation, or "disease diplomacy," as the only solution.