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Containing Contagion

The Politics of Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia

Sara E. Davies

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Do states have a duty to prevent infectious disease outbreaks from spreading beyond their borders?

The fields of global health and international relations are increasingly concerned with the responsibilities of nations to respond to disease outbreaks in a way that safeguards their neighbors as well as the broader international community. In Containing Contagion, Sara E. Davies focuses on one of the world's most pivotal (and riskiest) regions in the field of global health—Southeast Asia, which in recent years has responded to a wave of emerging and endemic infectious disease outbreaks ranging…

Do states have a duty to prevent infectious disease outbreaks from spreading beyond their borders?

The fields of global health and international relations are increasingly concerned with the responsibilities of nations to respond to disease outbreaks in a way that safeguards their neighbors as well as the broader international community. In Containing Contagion, Sara E. Davies focuses on one of the world's most pivotal (and riskiest) regions in the field of global health—Southeast Asia, which in recent years has responded to a wave of emerging and endemic infectious disease outbreaks ranging from Nipah, SARS, and avian flu to dengue and Japanese encephalitis.

Between 2005 and 2010, Davies explains, Southeast Asian states, despite having vastly different health system capacities and political systems, repeatedly committed to pursue a collective approach to the communication of outbreaks. Davies draws on newly gathered data and extensive field interviews to explore how these states implemented the revised International Health Regulations (IHR) through the deliberate alignment of political interests and regional cooperation. Examining why these Southeast Asian states adopted a collective approach, Davies also describes the complications that ensued and traces the consequences of this approach.

The first book to explore what problems exist in the relationship between international relations and health, Containing Contagion frames contrasting views of global health agency within the current crises that are facing global health. Providing an immediate, contemporary example of a region networking its response to disease outbreak events, this insightful book will appeal to global health governance scholars, students, and practitioners.

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Advances our understanding of why and how norms matter, as well as the factors that facilitate regional cooperation in health and the international politics of implementing regulations. Davies's argument is sound, well-structured, theoretically relevant, and empirically important; she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project.

Nowhere in the world is the threat to health security more acute than in Southeast Asia, a hotbed for infectious diseases, from SARS to novel influenzas. Davies brings us a superb analysis of the dangers of the region and of the vital need for localized action. Through her scholarship, we can see Southeast Asia not just as a threat but as a model for global health security. This book is a tour de force.

Containing Contagion is a game-changer in our understanding of global health and international security. It transcends questions of blame and lessons learned to deploy sharp analysis of the thorniest of political questions: how to get states to deliver on their commitments. The book is therefore not only of critical importance to global health scholars and practitioners, but a must-read for those interested in security, world order, and global governance.

In this thorough and painstaking analysis, Sara Davies builds on her earlier work to examine the implementation of the International Health Regulations in Southeast Asia. Her research provides broader lessons on how the wider global health community can work towards health security region by region.

A thoroughly original, insightful, and comprehensive study of disease outbreak reporting in one of the world's most pivotal regions. Seamlessly weaving together international politics and global health, Davies has produced a foundational study of the practical implementation of the International Health Regulations during their first decade.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction. A Study of Southeast Asia's Response
to Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Chapter One. The Revised International Health Regulations in Practice
Chapter Two. The

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction. A Study of Southeast Asia's Response
to Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Chapter One. The Revised International Health Regulations in Practice
Chapter Two. The Political Context in Southeast Asia
Chapter Three. Sovereignty, Regional Cooperation, and Health Security
Chapter Four. Forging Political Support
Chapter Five. Surveillance and Reporting in Practice
Chapter Six. Understanding the Differences in Reporting Responsibilities
Conclusion. The Sustainability of Health Security
in Southeast Asia

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Sara E. Davies
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Sara E. Davies

Sara E. Davies is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an associate professor in international relations at Griffith University. She is a coauthor of Disease Diplomacy: International Norms and Global Health Security.