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Securitizing infectious diseases: trends and analytical frameworks
Linking infectious diseases to security
Assessing the securitization process for infectious diseases
Securitization of infectious diseases in Taiwan: SARS and H5N1 as case studies
The Taiwanese breeding ground for infectious diseases securitization
Framing SARS as a national security issue
Granting H5N1 national security issue status
Facilitating conditions and consequences of the securitization process of SARS and H5N1 in Taiwan
Facilitating conditions: domestic politics and international factors
Consequences of the securitization process of SARS and H5N1 in Taiwan
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Infectious disease epidemics can be framed in a variety of ways. Indeed, they may be considered as a public health and social hygiene issue, as a development issue, as a human rights issue, as a risk management issue or as a security threat. However it is framed, this has its proponents—and sometimes opponents—, its discourses and claims, its modalities and mechanisms of response, its objectives as well as direct and indirect consequences. In 2003 when SARS broke out in Taiwan and in 2005 while avian flu (H5N1) was spreading quickly in Asia, Taiwanese authorities decided to consider and present both diseases as ‘issues of national security’ and consequently adopted responses to these health issues that reflected such framing. This article proposes to examine how SARS and H5N1 were securitized in Taiwan.
We start with an overview of the global securitizing dynamic of infectious diseases which helps to position our study in a broader context and with the presentation of our...
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Vincent Rollet, « Framing SARS and H5N1 as an Issue of National Security in Taiwan: Process, Motivations and Consequences », Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident [En ligne], 37 | 2014, mis en ligne le 01 septembre 2017, consulté le 26 avril 2017. URL : http://extremeorient.revues.org/337 ; DOI : 10.4000/extremeorient.337 Haut de page