In this thesis, I will look at how communicable disease fits into the human security discourse particularly with the disease being views as the 'potential threat' and the 'referent object' within the international sphere. The case of Africa will be used to illustrate the impact of HIV/AIDS on international security at country, regional and international levels. Ultimately, I will argue that communicable disease, as a human security issue, is a clear and important international security issue due to its status as a continual "potential threat" within international relations particularly in Africa. The elements that I will use to establish my argument include the theoretical dimensions of basic needs, human and international security and psychology. Communicable disease's significance within international relations and international security discourses is multi-fold including its' use as a tool of war and of international legitimacy, and its affects on the political economy and power structure of countries. All these factors in turn may affect the region as a whole or its sub-regions.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Date of Award

Fall 12-1-2008

Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Monika Thakur

Committee Member 1

Ibrahim El-Nur

Committee Member 2

Walid Kazziha

Document Type



iv, 125 leaves :

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Communicable diseases

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Security, International

Library of Congress Subject Heading 3



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Call Number

Thesis 2008/38