Health and Human Security: Communicable Diseases in the Post-Soviet Arctic

In Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Dawn R. Bazely, Marina Goloviznina and Andrew Tanentzap (eds), Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic. London/New York, Routledge, 2014, pp. 163-183.

The idea of human security was developed to encourage states and international organizations to direct similar amounts of energy and resources to so-called 'soft issues', such as health, women's issues and child safety, as they would towardsthe more familiar aspects of national security. The concepts has primariliy been applied for developing countries, the 'Global South'. This chapter places the Nordic response to the threat of communicable diseases in the post-Soviet Arctic in a human security framework. This response has involved the introduction of tuberulosis treatment regimes from developing countries. The chapter highltights some of the difficulties in importing both health methods and analytical concepts from the 'Global South' to the post-Soviet Arctic.