Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, September 2020 - A newly issued report: Transatlantic Security: Securing the Post Covid Future provides recommendations for national, EU and NATO decision makers for responding to security challenges in a Covid and post Covid world. The report and its seven key policy recommendations are the outcome of a 50-hour, online interactive brainstorming event that addressed national security and geopolitical implications of COVID-19 in the transatlantic region.
The virtual international conference event using IBM’s Innovation Jam ™ technology was organized by the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC) and IBM with thematic forums hosted by leading think tanks and defense educational institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. 2,750 participants from government service, international organizations, educational institutions, and the commercial sector participated, including over 160 high level notables, many at the ministerial and ambassadorial levels.
The report suggests that misleading news and disinformation have turned the pandemic into an infodemic and warned of the Dragonbear effect: China and Russia using cyber means for disinformation campaigns that capitalize on the weakened resiliency of Western societies. Addressing this issue, it recommends that NATO and the EU develop comprehensive response strategies to Chinese global efforts to expand influence.
The jam recommendations and full report are available online here.