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Comparing AIDS Governance: A Research Agenda on Responses to the AIDS Epidemic

HIV/AIDS can fame or shame Africa’s powerful presidents on the global stage like few other current political issues. Irrespective of other deeds and grand visions, political legacies are increasingly determined by what actions were taken or mistaken in the fi ght against AIDS. This is somewhat ironic since the trajectory of the epidemic is ultimately determined by the individual choices and behaviours of often the most powerless and destitute of citizens. What, then, should presidents and their governments be doing in the fi ght against AIDS?