The defence implications of COVID-19: regional insights

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Since the coronavirus pandemic emerged, many countries have mobilised their armed forces to assist with the emergency. They have also attempted to sustain their military capability and operations, whilst seeking to apply social distancing and other measures to minimise the potential degradation of military capability.

These factors, and the pandemic’s effects on politics, society and the economy, mean that COVID-19 is likely to have significant repercussions for defence. These include exacerbating instability and conflict drivers, both within and between states, as well as effects on alliances and military partnerships. 

Whilst much is unknown about the future trajectory and duration of the crisis, many important effects on defence and military affairs can be identified. In this event, IISS experts will assess these emerging implications for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

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