Jonathan Schwartz ✉ 1
1 Professor, Department of Political Science & International Relations, State University of New York, NY, New Paltz
The heavy and ongoing toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the dramatic failures of the international community to effectively respond to pandemics. The recent WHO declaration that Monkeypox now joins COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) even before COVID-19 has been brought under control highlights the reality that the pandemic threat is not a passing aberration, but rather an ongoing challenge requiring significant effort to address. One proposed approach is to “securitize” pandemics – in other words, elevate the status of pandemics from a matter of low politics to one of high politics. In this paper I consider the pros and cons of taking such a step.
Keywords: Global implication, Pandemic framing, Covid-19
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