COVID-19 and the defence policies of European states

Author
Alice Billon-Galland
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
NATO Defense College
Abstract
At the time of writing, the COVID-19 pandemic still wreaks havoc around the world. Its scale and duration, as well as the full social and economic impact of lockdowns and social distancing measures, are yet to be seen. Exactly how the pandemic and its aftermath will impact the defence policies of European states in the long-term remains uncertain for a while yet. However, some Europe-wide trends--economic strategic, and geopolitical--are already visible. These will impact how Europeans (re)think their security after the pandemic, and therefore have implications for defence planners, decision-makers and armed forces throughout the continent.
Topic
Security, Defense Policy, Geopolitics, COVID-19
Political Geography
Europe