Corona Pandemic

The world is in crisis mode. A new virus known as SARS-CoV-2 is spreading rapidly in nearly every country in the world. It is highly contagious and, particularly for the immunocompromised, ill or elderly, it can be deadly. The number of fatalities is rising daily, and so far there are no medications or vaccines that can stop the virus. Many countries have therefore felt forced to impose so-called lockdowns: borders have been closed, residents must stay at home, and the entire infrastructure has been reduced to a bare minimum.
We at the IFSH are approaching the coronavirus pandemic from a security policy perspective and are seeking answers to questions, including the following: Have the security policy risks of life-threatening pandemics been underestimated in the past? Will the corona crisis lead to an increase in armed conflicts, and will it strengthen authoritarian regimes or criminal structures? Or, will the realisation that the crisis can only be overcome through cooperation lead to greater international solidarity?


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More on the Corona Pandemic

  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Is Germany‘s Federalism a Blessing or a Curse for Fighting the Coronavirus?

    Helge Martin

    Are centrally organized or even authoritarian states at an advantage over federal systems or liberal democracies in general when it comes to fighting the pandemic? Especially at the beginning of the…

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  • The Corona Pandemic and its Impact on Military Spending - Blog post

    Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska

    The current Corona crisis obviates the potential for massive impacts of non-traditional security risks. In addition, it has also revealed the lack of preparedness for such a major event. In a…

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