KAS/AC Webinar - European Leadership and the Corona Crisis: Geopolitical Effects on Northern Europe

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2020.06.15 Webinar AC KAS
2020.06.15 Webinar AC KAS

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The corona crisis has accelerated and accentuated trends that highly affect the security of Northern Europe. During the COVID-19 crisis, the EU has warned against intensified disinformation operations by China and Russia. In the midst of the crisis, the US has announced its intention to leave the Open Skies Treaty, due to Russian failure to comply, in spite of European worries how that will affect security on the continent. Meanwhile, the EU is struggling to deal with the asymmetric shock of the COVID-19 crisis, internal tensions between its members, as well as risks for foreign investments in critical assets. Russia, although hit economically by decreasing crude oil prices as well as the pandemic, is testing the readiness of NATO. An increased Russian naval presence in the North Sea has also been noted.

• How do the growing geopolitical tensions affect the security of Northern Europe?
• Can the EU and the US agree on a common response on China?
• How should a geopolitical EU develop in light of great power competition?
• What are the prospects for dialogue and cooperation with Russia?

Gabriele Baumann, Director of the KAS Nordic Office

Anna Wieslander, Director for Northern Europe, Atlantic Council

- Kadri Liik, Senior Fellow, ECFR Berlin
- Andrew Michta, Dean, George C. Marshall Center, Germany*
- Julia De Clerck-Saschsse, Oxford University
- Edward Lucas, Senior Fellow, CEPA

* The views presented are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government.

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  • Kadri Liik
    • Senior Fellow
    • ECFR Berlin
  • Andrew Michta
    • Dean
    • George C. Marshall Center
    • Germany*
  • Julia De Clerck-Saschsse
    • Oxford University
  • Edward Lucas
    • Senior Fellow
    • CEPA

Richard Forsén

Nordische Länder

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