A renewed collective defense bargain? NATO in COVID’s shadow

Author
Sten Rynning
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
NATO Defense College
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a tectonic shift in world politics: China's rise and an erosion, if not a decline, of Western power. Where Western Allies squabble, China acts with confidence. NATO's timorous decision of December 2019 to discuss China's "growing influence" now seems quaint one year on, or at best a preamble to the preeminent question of our era: is NATO sufficiently cohesive to confront change?
Topic
NATO, Power Politics, Alliance
Political Geography
China, Europe, North America