Catalyst or crisis? COVID-19 and European Security

Author
Claudia Major
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
NATO Defense College
Abstract
The COVID-19 crisis is teaching European countries that a pandemic can destabilize societies, the economy and political institutions to the same extent that military or hybrid threats do. However, while the pandemic's impact on European security seems massive, it is difficult to isolate the COVID-19 factor: what is uniquely pandemic-driven, and what is the result of other elements, such as the lack of US leadership, is not always easy to determine.
Topic
Conflict Prevention, Security, Institutions, Coronavirus, COVID-19
Political Geography
Europe