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

Novel Threats: National Security and the Coronavirus Pandemic is a weekly 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.

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Latest Posts

Rebecca Ingber on Coronavirus, Congress and the 'Deep State'
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
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, <br>Cybersecurity and Misinformation<br><br>
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:<br>Stephen Pomper on Coronavirus, Conflict Prevention and the Role of Multilateral Institutions
Coming Soon:
Stephen Pomper on Coronavirus, Conflict Prevention and the Role of Multilateral Institutions
Coming Soon:<br>Lindsay Rodman on Coronavirus, the U.S. Military and Leadership
Coming Soon:
Lindsay Rodman on Coronavirus, the U.S. Military and Leadership