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Counter-terrorism, ethics and global health
Hastings Center Report (2014)
  • Lisa Eckenwiler
  • Matthew R Hunt, McGill University

The intersection of national security, foreign policy, and health has been explored in a number of arenas, but little attention has been devoted to the ethical issues surrounding the global health impact of current counterterrorism policy and practice. In this essay, we’ll review a range of harms to population health traceable to counterterrorism operations, identify concerns involving moral agency and responsibility—specifically of humanitarian health workers, military medical personnel, and national security officials and operatives—and highlight two interrelated policy issues: the need for a conception of national security that incorporates a cosmopolitan concern for health, and the need for shared health governance, including governance of activities affecting health.

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Lisa Eckenwiler and Matthew R Hunt. "Counter-terrorism, ethics and global health" Hastings Center Report Vol. 44 Iss. 3 (2014)
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