The strategic and geo-economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic

This report from UK think tank IISS looks at the enduring effects on geopolitics and geo-economics of the Covid-19 ‘year’.

2020 will go down in history as the ‘year of coronavirus’; the COVID-19 pandemic will have enduring effects on geopolitics and geo-economics in the Middle East, the Gulf and beyond. As the future of war, power and rules is contested and we are confronted by a new anarchical international society, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) intends to provide an organised understanding of how they interact with each other. In this IISS Manama Dialogue 2020 Special Publication we explore the regional and global implications of the pandemic, including essays on Gulf defence economics, global and great-power politics, the Gulf states’ development models, strategy and geo-economics. The publication, titled The Strategic and Geo-economic Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, includes six chapters by different authors, from ‘The Coronavirus Pandemic and Global Politics: Impact on Major Trends in Security, Health and Governance, and Great-Power Politics’ to ‘Defence Economics in the Gulf after COVID-19’.


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