"In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the United States tends todefine all national security concerns through the prism of terrorism.That framework is overly limited even for the U.S. and an absurdlynarrow template to apply to the security of most other countries. TheHIV/AIDS pandemic is aggravating a laundry list of underlying tensions[such as military instability, domination by tiny groups of wealthyelites, a surplus of unskilled labor and an unprecedentedyouth-population bulge] in developing, declining and failed states.

“Asthe burden of death due to HIV/AIDS skyrockets around the world overthe next five to 10 years, the disease may well play a more profoundrole on the security stage of many nations and present the wealthyworld with a challenge the likes of which it has never experienced. Howcountries, rich and poor, frame HIV/AIDS within their national securitydebates today may well determine how well they respond  to themassive grief, demographic destruction and security threats that thepandemic will present tomorrow.”

—Laurie Garrett, “The Lesson of HIV/AIDS,” July/August 2005 Foreign Affairs (www.foreignaffairs.org)