Statue of Liberty with Mask; "Novel Threats: National Security and the Coronavirus Pandemic"

Novel Threats: National Security and the Coronavirus Pandemic is a series of conversations featuring insights by the fellows and affiliates and leadership of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. Our experts serve as guides to a moment in which a massive public health threat, anticipated by so many for so long, nonetheless has created a challenge of unprecedented proportions and impact on both our domestic and international policy.

Throughout this series we will explore the impact of the pandemic on national security law and policy: from the design of our national security bureaucracy to the future of international conflict and cooperation to the role of cybersecurity and tech, and more. We hope that these insights offer resources for readers as they consider the wide-ranging implications of this new environment.

Have a question you’d like to see featured here? Drop us a line at RCLS.law@nyu.edu


Latest Posts

Richard Pildes on Coronavirus and Protecting American Democracy This Fall<br><br>
Richard Pildes on Coronavirus and Protecting American Democracy This Fall

September 16, 2020
“The more people who vote in person, the lower the risk that we will end up heading down one of the many dangerous paths we know are out there. The health of American democracy could depend on it.”
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Viola Gienger on Coronavirus and Faultlines in Europe and Russia
Viola Gienger on Coronavirus and Faultlines in Europe and Russia

September 9, 2020
“The region’s citizens have responded to the pandemic in part based on their unfortunate familiarity with major crises in their lifetimes: the volatile transitions to democracy and then, in some cases, backsliding; the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia and the post-war entrenchment of wartime parties or leaders; and the resulting debilitating stagnation.”
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Tess Bridgeman on Coronavirus and the Role of Law in an Emergency
Tess Bridgeman on Coronavirus and the Role of Law in an Emergency

August 20, 2020
“[L]eaders in robust democracies can and do use emergency authorities in legitimate ways that are necessary to safeguard their populations from threats…And when extraordinary measures do need to be taken, there are guardrails on their use that help to ensure they aren’t abused. In this sense, the law isn’t just a sword, it can also be a shield.”
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Lindsay Rodman on Coronavirus, the U.S. Military and Leadership
Lindsay Rodman on Coronavirus, the U.S. Military and Leadership
August 12, 2020
“Pandemic preparedness and response should absolutely be a strategic point of cooperation among allies and partners, but it is decidedly not the type of mission where the military should be in the lead.”
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Stephen Pomper on Coronavirus, Conflict Prevention and Multilateral Institutions
Stephen Pomper on Coronavirus, Conflict Prevention and Multilateral Institutions
August 05, 2020
“Even if the world hasn’t caught fire in all the ways that it might have, there is hardly reason to be sanguine. The disease could take off in places it hasn’t. Burdens that governments and populations have managed thus far to bear could become unbearable. And would-be provocateurs could begin to test the limits of what they can get away with.”
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Rebecca Ingber on Coronavirus, Congress and the 'Deep State'<br>
Rebecca Ingber on Coronavirus, Congress and the 'Deep State'

July 29, 2020
“Certainly, any solution to this crisis requires the expertise and institutional work of the entrenched bureaucracy, but it alone cannot save us from a failure of leadership, or a leader determined to fail us.”
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Wally Adeyemo on Coronavirus, the Global Economy and Geopolitics<br><br>
Wally Adeyemo on Coronavirus, the Global Economy and Geopolitics

July 22, 2020
“In many ways, the coronavirus is simply accelerating well-entrenched trends like the growth of automation and e-commerce…Designing our economic policy response to the coronavirus in a way that takes account of these long-term trends is the only way we can meaningfully address inequality as well as promote our competitiveness.”
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Stephen Holmes on Coronavirus, Democracy and Lessons from History
Stephen Holmes on Coronavirus, Democracy and Lessons from History
July 15, 2020
“This savage plague has revealed the limited power of every political system, bar none. But populists…have outdone all others in transforming a scourge into a society-upending catastrophe from which it will take years, if not decades, to recover.” Read More > Full Stephen Holmes coronavirus post
Michael Wahid Hanna on Coronavirus and the <br>Middle East<br>
Michael Wahid Hanna on Coronavirus and the
Middle East

July 8, 2020
“[T]he standard approaches to information and transparency have come up against a crisis that cannot simply be manipulated through the usual means of lying and propaganda. The spread of the virus and the severity of the disease mean that sickness and death are a societal phenomenon that are readily evident through the lived experience of citizens.”
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Judi Germano on Coronavirus, Cybersecurity and Misinformation
Judi Germano on Coronavirus, Cybersecurity and Misinformation

July 1, 2020
“A global crisis heightens the critical need to provide the public with accurate information to reduce risks and protect health and safety. Yet amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently face an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation (inadvertently spread) and disinformation (deliberately spread).”
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Nicholas Rasmussen on Coronavirus, the National Security Bureaucracy and How to Organize for a Crisis
Nicholas Rasmussen on Coronavirus, the National Security Bureaucracy and How to Organize for a Crisis
June 24, 2020
“[I]t’s clear in retrospect that more aggressive decisions, taken by our senior leaders at an earlier stage with the aim of mobilizing a whole-of-government response, would likely have saved thousands of lives and opened the door to more rapid recovery.”
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Coming Soon: Lisa Monaco on Coronavirus and Looking Beyond the Horizons<br><br>
Coming Soon: Lisa Monaco on Coronavirus and Looking Beyond the Horizons


Coming Soon: Randy Milch on Coronavirus, Supply Chain Security and the Private Sector<br><br>
Coming Soon: Randy Milch on Coronavirus, Supply Chain Security and the Private Sector