The securitisation of COVID-19 in Africa: Socio-economic and political implications
Source of Publication
African Security Review
The outbreak of COVID-19 has shifted from an urgent health issue to a major security threat requiring emergency measures that go beyond normal policies. Many African governments have exploited this pandemic as a deadly threat facing both the state and society to justify unprecedented precautionary measures that restrict people’s freedoms. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyse the current trend of the interventionist state and its socio-political implications in the medium and long term. Using a qualitative approach and literature review, this study examined the impact of securitisation of COVID-19 on African societies. The key findings reveal that most of the African responses to the pandemic were cases of non-traditional securitisation issues. Therefore, such findings are relevant for further studies to explore new threats and risks in the context of securitisation.
Informa UK Limited
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Africa, counter-terrorism, COVID-19, democracy, economic recession, health pandemic, securitisation
Hassan, Hamdy A., "The securitisation of COVID-19 in Africa: Socio-economic and political implications" (2021). All Works. 4662.
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