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Linking HIV/AIDS, Confict and National Security A Colombian Case Study

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An estimated 33 million people are today infected with HIV. The majority of these people live in developing countries, and many in countries experiencing armed conflict or instability. This paper examines the linkages between HIV/AIDS, conflict and national security applying existing theories to the Colombian context and asking whether HIV/AIDS should be securitized in order to reduce the negative cause and effect relationship. It finds that the linkages are definitely present in Colombia and concludes that HIV/AIDS should be politicised at the national level and securitized at internationallevel.****ResumenAproximadamente 33 millones personas están hoy en día infectadas con el VIH. La mayoría de ellos viven en países en vía de desarrollo y muchos de estos países están sufriendo conflictos armados o inestabilidades políticas. En el presente documento se examina los vínculos entre VIH/SIDA, conflicto y seguridad nacional, aplicando las teorías existentes al contexto colombiano y haciendo la pregunta si se debería tratar el VIH/SIDA como una cuestión de seguridad nacional para reducir la relación causa y efecto negativa. En el documento se descubre que estos vínculos están presentes en Colombia y concluye que a nivel nacional se debería buscar un reconocimiento político del tema VIH/SIDA, mientras a nivel internacional sería pertinente tratarlo como una cuestión de seguridad.

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  • Caroline Törnqvist, 2008. "Linking HIV/AIDS, Confict and National Security A Colombian Case Study," Documentos de CERAC 005355, CERAC -Centro de Recursos para el Análisis de Conflictos.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000150:005355
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