Type
Article
Titre
The consequence of COVID-19: how the United States moved from security provider to security consumer
Dans
International Affairs
Auteur(s)
REICH Simon - Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) (Auteur)
DOMBROWSKI Peter - US Naval War College (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Cambridge University Press
Volume
96
Numéro
5
Pages
1253 - 1279 p.
ISSN
00205850
Mots clés
United States, global health and development, conflict, security, and defence, Covid-19
Résumé
EN
Deliberations over the COVID-19 pandemic's long-term effects on the global balance of power have spurred a large and rancorous debate, including speculation about a shift in the definition of national security and prescriptions about where it should focus. That argument will no doubt continue. But we argue that one consequence is already evident: the United States has spent the last seventy years portraying itself as a security provider in all key domains—for many an intrinsic component of its status as a global leader. One reasonable broad conclusion from the US struggle with COVID-19 is that it has further forfeited its broad leadership position on the basis of its behaviour. Yet that, although possibly true, would only portray one element of the story. The more profound insight exposed by COVID-19 is of a new reality: in a world where both naturogenic and anthropogenic threats pose immense national security challenges, decades of mistaken assumptions and policy choices have created a new environment, one where the United States has been redefined as a security consumer, at least in terms of international public health issues associated with the spread of deadly infectious diseases.

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