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Rø, Bjur, Eggen and Allers (eds.): The global pandemic, transatlantic security, and national defence

Views from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway


  • The pandemic and the colossal societal ramifications it has caused so far, illustrate that a broadening of our definition of security beyond military threats, is overdue.
  • Resilience should be included as an important element of national security.
  • Immediate defence budget reductions are insignificant, but the long-term prospect suggests a downward trend. 
  • There is a danger that governments undertaking strategic reviews focus too narrowly on pandemics and under-appreciate the more traditional risks.
  • The crisis is likely to amplify great power rivalry and pressure on the multilateral system. The erosion of transatlantic relations is part of this problem. 
  • In the face of new stressors, NATO needs financial and political investment.
  • NATO should accelerate its work on communication and critical infrastructure standards.
  • The United States and EU should improve coordination and align standards and acquisition rules.
  • NATO-EU cooperation on assessing and remedying vulnerabilities is essential in preparing for the next strategic surprise.
The IFS Insight is published as a part of the IFS-led research programme Security in Northern Europe (SNE)
Publisert 19. juni 2020 00:00.. Sist oppdatert 30. juni 2020 08:45.