The 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak and Global Health Security

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The 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak and Global Health Security

Type: Master thesis
Title: The 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak and Global Health Security
Author: Vos, Bart de
Issue Date: 2016-03-10
Keywords: International relations
Discourse analysis
Health security
Abstract: On the 18th of September 2014 the United Nations Security Council met in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis. The reason for this meeting was to discuss and find an appropriate response to the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The response came in the form of resolution 2177 and 69/1, which mandated the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. A mandated health crisis mission is unprecedented in international politics and can be seen as a watershed moment. This thesis analyzed the legitimization process of the UN response within the larger discourse of global health security. A critical approach was taken in the form of poststructuralism, as it tries to identify and explain how certain issues have been problematized and how the discourse has emerged historically to frame an understanding of problems and solutions.
Supervisor: O'Malley, A.M.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: MA International Relations: International Studies
ECTS Credits: 10

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