Catalyst or crisis? COVID-19 and European Security

Claudia Major
Content Type
Policy Brief
NATO Defense College
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.
Conflict Prevention, Security, Institutions, Coronavirus, COVID-19
Political Geography