Top Two Paper: The HIV/AIDS Crisis Through the Lens of International Organizations

Taylor Dickerson Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Fait Muedini Butler University
In the 1980s, HIV and AIDS swept across the globe at an alarming rate reaching pandemic proportions. The virus and its subsequent disease were first identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as early as the 1950s and spread from there. My paper begins with a brief history and a detailed description of the disease. I then track the spread of the disease from its origin in the DRC to the island nation of Haiti, which was devastated by the epidemic, to the United States and the United Kingdom where countless others, primarily in minority communities, were tragically killed. I use these four states as case studies to track the policies, ideologies, and stigmas among leaders and members of the state that exacerbated the severity of the epidemic and allowed it to remain an ongoing problem in the present day. I additionally extend the scope beyond states and individual actors to identify the successes and failures on the international level. I examine the policies and actions taken by four major international organizations, the United Nations (with a particular focus on UNICEF, the UNSC, and UNAIDS), the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank (with a specific focus on the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals, in partnership with the UN). I conclude with a policy prescription of my own design that outlines how states and IO’s can address the epidemic moving forward by tackling the issue in a holistic way.
Competitive Paper--All Disciplines (includes an Oral Presentation)
Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)

When & Where

12:45 PM
Atherton Union Reilly Room