Title

The securitisation of COVID-19 in Africa: Socio-economic and political implications

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Hamdy A. Hassan, Zayed University

ORCID Identifiers

0000-0003-1930-9561

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

African Security Review

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Abstract

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.

ISSN

1024-6029

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Africa, counter-terrorism, COVID-19, democracy, economic recession, health pandemic, securitisation

Scopus ID

85119479991

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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