Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases, Ethical Responses, and the Health of Nations

Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases, Ethical Responses, and the Health of Nations

by Christian Enemark

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Overview

Biosecurity Dilemmas examines conflicting values and interests in the practice of “biosecurity,” the safeguarding of populations against infectious diseases through security policies. Biosecurity encompasses both the natural occurrence of deadly disease outbreaks and the use of biological weapons. Christian Enemark focuses on six dreaded diseases that governments and international organizations give high priority for research, regulation, surveillance, and rapid response: pandemic influenza, drug-resistant tuberculosis, smallpox, Ebola, plague, and anthrax. The book is organized around four ethical dilemmas that arise when fear causes these diseases to be framed in terms of national or international security: protect or proliferate, secure or stifle, remedy or overkill, and attention or neglect. For instance, will prioritizing research into defending against a rare event such as a bioterrorist attack divert funds away from research into commonly occurring diseases? Or will securitizing a particular disease actually stifle research progress owing to security classification measures? Enemark provides a comprehensive analysis of the ethics of securitizing disease and explores ideas and policy recommendations about biological arms control, global health security, and public health ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626164055
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christian Enemark is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is the author of two previous books, Disease and Security: National Plagues and Biological Weapons in East Asia and Armed Drones and the Ethics of War: Military Virtue in a Post-Heroic Age, and he is also coeditor of Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. Protect or Proliferate1. Biodefense and the Security Dilemma2. Vertical Proliferation and Threats from Within

Part II. Secure of Stifle3. Laboratory Biosecurity4. Export and Publication Controls

Part III. Remedy or Overkill5. Social Distancing and National Security6. Border Security and Transnational Contagion

Part IV. Attention or Neglect7. The Agenda of Global Health Security8. Public Health and Biodefense Priorities

Conclusion

Selected BibliographyIndexAbout the Author

What People are Saying About This

Stefan Elbe

A masterful and engaging account of the key biosecurity challenges confronting the world today. Biosecurity Dilemmas explores the vexing policy tensions and ethical trade-offs involved in protecting populations against biological danger. Enemark elegantly tames the complexity by showing that four major dilemmas lie at the heart of these issues. An impressive scholarly achievement.

Chair Jeremy

By adding a strong normative and ethical dimension to the debates around the securitization of health, Christian Enemark’s book advances the global health debate in thought-provoking ways that will intrigue both scholars and students. This is a timely and engaging addition to the global health politics literature.

Jeremy Youde

By adding a strong normative and ethical dimension to the debates around the securitization of health, Christian Enemark’s book advances the global health debate in thought-provoking ways that will intrigue both scholars and students. This is a timely and engaging addition to the global health politics literature.

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