Mapping a Pandemic: The Geopolitics of Coronavirus

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An online briefing from experts of the Royal United Services Institute on the global impact of Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has come at a time when the global liberal order was already grappling with a severe challenge from populist politicians and movements, as well as from a broader backlash against globalisation, borderless trade and the powers exercised by global institutions.

The initial reaction to the coronavirus pandemic accentuated all these strains: it led to the closure of borders, to a massive disruption in global trade and to the questioning of the efficacy of national governments and international institutions. But what are the longer-term effects? In this online briefing session, RUSI experts offered their perspective on how the pandemic will impact international security, and explored the ramification of the crisis on the politics of Russia and China in particular.

They also discussed how America’s allies and adversaries assess US leadership at this moment, and what are the broader implications of the current crisis on the evolving threat of international terrorism.



  • Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, RUSI
  • Emily Ferris, Research Fellow, RUSI
  • Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, RUSI
  • Dr Neil Melvin, Director, International Security Studies
  • Veerle Nouwens, Research Fellow
  • Emily Winterbotham, Director, Terrorism and Conflict Research Group

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