Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
James J. Marquardt
After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Afghanistan experienced new forms of conflict that the models of state behavior during the Cold War could not entirely explain. The (in)security observed in Afghanistan and other underdeveloped countries inspired scholars to de-militarize security studies and explore different paradigms of security. Human security, unlike national security, conceives violence as a threat to the individual. In public health studies, violence is a disease that behaves like an infectious disease. Freedom of health is essential to human security because the paradigm is centered on protection and empowerment of human beings. In this thesis, I demonstrate how the environment of violence in Afghanistan affects the health of Afghan people and behaves like a disease itself.
Quraishi, Ayesha, "Afghanistan’s Human Security Crisis: Understanding Violence as a Health Epidemic" (2019). Senior Theses.