This report was produced by the Centre for Security and Crisis Governance (CRITIC), founded at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in 2020. CRITIC produces and promotes state-of-the-art research that contributes to public policy debates and to the mission of RMC Saint-Jean. It is led by two members of the Network for Strategic Analysis, Professor Bruno Charbonneau and Professor Chantal Lavallée, respectively Director and Deputy Director of CRITIC.
COVID-19 and the Future of Global Order is the start of a conversation and a contribution to the debates about the meaning and significance of COVID-19 for global governance, geopolitics, national security, democracy, and crisis management. The collection of articles offers an overview of the multifaceted and multidimensional challenges that COVID-19 presents to global order. It seeks to make sense of both the pandemic and the analytical and public noise surrounding it. In the first section “COVID-19: a test for Liberal Democracies”, Christian Leuprecht, Wesley Cunningham, Marina Sharpe, Simon Hogue and Elisabeth Vallet highlight how the management of the pandemic has challenged international and national authorities and raised serious issues for democratic governance. The second section “COVID-19: States and Geopolitics” examines international responses: Bruno Charbonneau analyses the UN Security Council failure to take action, Chantal Lavallée discusses the challenges to the European Union, Pierre Jolicoeur and Anthony Seaboyer explore China and Russia’s propaganda, Nancy Teeple and Andrew McBride look into the Canada-US defence relationship, and Cédric Jourde considers the impact on African states and policy. The final section “COVID-19: towards new trends?” includes articles from Shahar Hameiri, Mulry Mondélice and Yann Breault who evaluate continuing or emerging trends in terms of the global economy, humanitarian action and management of the crisis.
TABLE OF CONTENT
COVID-19 and the Future of Global Order
COVID-19: A TEST FOR LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES
The COVID-19 Test for Canadian Democracy
Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College
COVID-19 and Continuity of Constitutional Government in Canada
Wesley Cunningham, Colonel, Royal Canadian Air Force
No Coming Back? The Lawfulness of Restrictions on Canadians Flying to Canada
Marina Sharpe, Royal Military College Saint-Jean
The Power of the “Little Brothers”: Surveillance and the Future of Democracy
Simon Hogue, Royal Military College Saint-Jean
The United States, COVID-19 and Democratic Erosion
Elisabeth Vallet, Royal Military College Saint-Jean
COVID-19: STATES AND GEOPOLITICS
The United Nations Security Council and the COVID-19 Test
Bruno Charbonneau, Royal Military College Saint-Jean
The European Union in Times of Crisis
Chantal Lavallée, Royal Military College Saint-Jean
The Weaponization of COVID-19: A Comparison Between China and Russia
Pierre Jolicoeur and Anthony Seaboyer, Royal Military College
COVID-19 and the Canada-US Defence Relationship
Nancy Teeple, Simon Fraser University, and Andrew McBride, Captain, Ret’d.
COVID-19 and Africa
Cédric Jourde, University of Ottawa
COVID-19: TOWARDS NEW TRENDS?
Is this the End of Globalization?
Shahar Hameiri, University of Queensland
Humanitarian Action in Times of COVID-19: Between Reaffirmation of Multilateralism and Coherence Issues
Mulry Mondélice, Royal Military College Saint-Jean
From “Soft Power” to “Sharp Power” in Times of Pandemic
Yann Breault, Royal Military College Saint-Jean