Webinar: Rethinking European National Security Strategies

In the context of the coronavirus crisis, the panellists look at European national security planning and how national governments balance their response to the mix of risks they face.

Members event, Webinar Recording
27 May 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

Traditionally, national security strategies have sought to protect against threats where there is a clear identifiable enemy. In recent decades, the risk of pandemics have been elevated to security threats in some countries as governments have come to realize the potentially disastrous consequences of global health crises on governance and civil infrastructures.

However, the securitization of public health policy is largely rhetorical and sufficient legal and policy preparedness is not always forthcoming not least because governments are often reluctant to allocate resources for contingency planning.

  • As the coronavirus outbreak continues to place significant strain on many European countries, what other non-traditional threats are governments aware of but under-prepared for?

  • To what extent can states realistically afford to pay for all contingencies?

  • Why have some European countries been able to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 better than others?

  • And, beyond pandemics, how do states plan and allocate resources to increase societal resilience towards non-traditional threats?

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