This panel explores the impact of COVID-19 on regional and international organizations. While the logical response to a global issue such as COVID-19 would be to rely on multilateral efforts, the pandemic has crowded out multilateral and even regional initiatives in favour of nationalistic sentiments and self-interested responses by many states. In the post-pandemic period, states may thus invest more in self-sufficiency and in redefining their strategic priorities, including health security. The growing gap between national, regional, and multilateral responses to COVID-19 calls into question the development of global governance and regional integration, as well as the future of international organizations and their capacity for economic and political cooperation.
Moderated by Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé (Bishop’s Univeristy)
with: Jean-Christophe Boucher (University of Calgary), Daniel Jean (Advisory Board, Network for strategic analysis), Stéphanie Bélanger (Collège militaire royal du Canada) & Roromme Chantal (Université de Moncton)