March 16th, 2021|0 Comments

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has had profound consequences for global security. It is affecting many dimensions of society across NATO nations (such as human health, economies, education, social protection, employment, diplomacy, personal freedoms). All countries have used their armed forces as part of their government response to the crisis. In addition to the internal impact on sovereign nations, the pandemic has affected relationships between nations at a bilateral and multi-lateral level including within international alliances and organisations. The crisis has originated from an apolitical threat to human health, resulting in the mobilisation of national resources akin to war. The political, economic and social impacts have created tensions around existing stresses and fault lines in the international system. These could exacerbate the consequences of existing conflicts and create new flashpoints. This risk has profound implications for international

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