Global health diplomacy

Karabektaş, Selcan
Contrary to the views of some scholars, who argue that global health has been argued to constitute a technical issue area, where interests of all countries converge. However, this thesis argues that states pursue sometimes cooperative sometimes conflictual health diplomacies at the national and global levels, since they have their own diverse self-interests regarding their health policies. In order to argue this, the thesis seeks to examine the characteristics and forms of global health diplomacy. The thesis explores various cases in which health diplomacy is practiced differently. In this respect, the cases of the United States of America, Switzerland, Brazil and Turkey have been analyzed. The thesis demonstrates that states increasingly tend to use health as a foreign policy tool in order to promote their national and security interests when they cooperate or have conflicts over finding solutions to global health problems. This thesis has seven main chapters. The first chapter is the introduction. In each of the following chapters, the cases of WHO and countries such as US, Switzerland, Brazil and Turkey are discussed with their global heal policy, respectively. The seventh chapter is the conclusion.


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Citation Formats
S. Karabektaş, “Global health diplomacy,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.