Health as politics
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Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe
Health as International Politics:
Combating Communicable Diseases
in the Baltic Sea Region.

Aldershot & Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2004. 150 p.

In recent years, health has become a pressing issue in international politics - a development which has been reflected in the growth of academic literature on the subject. The emergence of new (and re-emergence of old) infectious diseases since the early 1990s has attracted scholarly interest from various fields of investigation. At the same time, in a European context, the dramatic rise in tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in some former East Bloc countries has caused particular concern. This timely work provides a detailed account of how the states around the Baltic Sea have met the challenge of communicable diseases and used health issues as an instrument in their foreign policy more widely.

Geir Hønneland and Lars Rowe should be congratulated for producing such an insightful account of the challenges faced by the Task Force and how it responded to them. This book will be invaluable reading for anyone involved in international health projects, especially those involving the former Soviet Union. Professor Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.