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Medical and Public Health Civic Action Programs: Using Health Engagement as a Tool of Foreign Policy


The problem of failing states and the resulting increase in armed conflict has provoked a reexamination of foreign and security policies used to support the legitimacy of the state. One set of tools that are used in this instance are health engagement programs such as military Medical Civic Action Programs. This article examines the logic of the programs from the perspective of social contract theory and proposes criteria for developing these interventions in a manner consistent with the strategic goal of stabilizing the state. Case studies in Iraq and Bangladesh are used to illustrate proper planning and implementation of health engagement programs.