The spread of the novel coronavirus has transformed and reoriented Asia Pacific regional security. State military forces, themselves impacted directly by the pandemic, have been challenged to assume additional roles and responsibilities, within and across state borders. Global and national public health has been securitized, with military forces mobilizing their human and materiel resources as health monitors and care providers. At the same time, traditional regional security tensions and crisis points continue apace, albeit lower on the radar screen of public attention. The impacts of Covid-19 will extend long beyond “recovery” from its current phase, reshaping the region's security environment and national security strategies of military composition and deployment.
This webinar takes Covid-19 as a starting point to examine both its direct impacts on Asia Pacific security and broader developments in the region's security landscape. Organized by the Asia Pacific team of the Defence and Security Foresight Group, four Canadian security experts focus on the implications of Covid-19 for Asia Pacific security from various angles and perspectives, including the transformation of the geostrategic environment, the spectrum of state responses to the pandemic, the securitization of health, the juxtaposition of new and traditional priorities for the region's militaries, etc.