The civil service of many countries is also being affected by Covid-19 infections, staff absences and distance working, which may result in debilitated operating. Moreover, as the outbreak continues, significant meetings on both technical and political matters have been cancelled or disrupted, including the United Nations convention plans around the world, which restricts negotiation among international actors.
Covid-19 may also increase existing tensions, especially in countries in conflict or at risk of conflict, such as Syria. The focused attention on the pandemic represents less attention to other issues, for instance, the consolidation of a peace agreement in Afghanistan, and could create favourable conditions for malicious actors to press forward.
While the current crisis is far from over, initial awareness of international security threats can be identified and taken care of, as, looking to the future, it will be important to address how it has changed the security framework and what can be done from this experience to enlarge policies towards a safer world in all aspects.