The 2009 H1N1 Outbreak: A Chaotic North American Trigger with Evolving Global Consequences

  • Tim Lynch
  • Paul Michael Cox


Through the auspices of the United Nations (UN), quasilegal international agreements are being promoted that are generally designed to accommodate the interface of nation-state with global aspirations. The UN’s Law of the Sea will redefine sovereignty among countries; the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code will assess how states can be expected to participate in dealing with international terrorism and transnational organized crime; the UN’s International Criminal Court provides a forum for the judicial administration of war crimes committed in the name of a sovereign state, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) provides a framework for limiting the spread of communicable disease among countries. An open display of noncompliance with these UN agreements by any countries suggests behavior characteristic of a “rogue state.” Making allowances for the presence of rogues among us, James Rosenau’s 1988 description of a future world becoming “Patterned chaos in global life” may be more prophetic than he is credited with.


Avian Influenza Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Pandemic Influenza International Maritime Organization Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 
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  • Paul Michael Cox

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