The pandemic and the military: towards total defence?

Author
Antonio Missiroli, Michael Ruhle
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
NATO Defense College
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic, which broke out in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan and quickly spread across the globe, will have a lasting impact on worldwide economic, political and strategic developments. Some observers question whether the different approaches by nations to the pandemic may benefit or hinder global economic competition. Others worry that some states may exploit the pandemic as a pretext to curtail individual freedoms. Still others note the emergence of an outright "battle of narratives" on the origins of the virus and the correct approach to bringing it under control, adding fuel to an already lingering "systemic" contest.
Topic
Defense Policy, Military Affairs, Pandemic, COVID-19
Political Geography
Asia, Global Focus