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Globalisation, Health and Security. Coordinates of a “New Item” on the International Agenda

Author(s): José Luis León Manríquez

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 72;
Start page: 143;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: salud | globalización | seguridad internacional

This article explores the links between globalisation, the health agenda and international and inter-American security. Even though traditionally health had not formed part of discussions in the area of security, in the past few years a series of processes have favouredthe inclusion of this topic in discussions, with an importance that seems to be increasing markedly. On the one hand, the spread of pandemics, like HIV/AIDS, has jeopardised the survival of large population centres in certain countries; and, on the other hand, discussion around the topic of international and inter-American security has become complex and has had to incorporate topics that, years ago, were considered alien to the military and strategic issues that dominated the agenda. The case of health seems to be one of them,and it has arrived to stay in debates on international security.
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