Critically analyzing the specific security threat posed by COVID-19 to global society, the contributors to this book offer a comprehensive and critical examination of global challenges and responses while suggesting more balanced and nuanced approaches to handling these security impacts.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge challenge to health security across the globe. Several countries were pushed into lockdown repeatedly to prevent the spread of infection. The global economy has seen a major slowdown and disruption of supply chains around the world. There have also been major implications from changes to traditional security systems as well as diverse societal change even down to aspects of daily life. The chapters in this book show that progressive initiatives have expended a mixture of soft and hard response strategies that include understanding, containing, fighting, and preventing COVID-19. They look at major sectors including defense, trade, health, and bioterrorism among others. In doing so, they highlight the best practices used around the world to minimize the threat posed by COVID-19’s impact.
A vital resource for security studies scholars and policymakers.
Table of Contents
Introduction Rohan Gunaratna and Mohd Mizan Aslam 1. Terrorism Amids A Pandemic Rohan Gunaratna 2. Decoding the Global Security Threat of COVID-19 Mohd Mizan Aslam 3. COVID-19 Crisis: The Impact of Trade and Economic Contagion on Developing and Emerging Markets Nihal Pitigala 4. Multilateralism and Global Security Post COVID-19 Thomas Wuchte & Sophie Drake 5. Health Economic Model for Developing Countries to Combat Pandemics Ch. Nilanga Samarasinghe 6. COVID-19: An Enabler for Digital Acceleration Rasitha Wickramasinghe 7. Exacerbating the Pandemic? Assessing The Crtitcal Role of Religious Congregations in South Indian Subcontinent Animesh Roul 8. Implications of the COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic on ASEAN’s Security Community Rusdi Omar & Knocks Tapiwa Zengeni 9. Terrorism and Biological Weapons Shane Britten 10. Enhanced Terrorism and the Prospect of its use in the United States – An Update Richard J. Chasdi
Rohan Kumar Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Founder of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore. He received his Masters from the University of Notre Dame in the United States where he was a Hesburgh Scholar and his doctorate from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom where he was a British Chevening Scholar. A former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Gunaratna was Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The author of “Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” (University of Columbia Press), Gunaratna, edited the Insurgency and Terrorism Series of the Imperial College Press, London. A trainer for national security agencies, law enforcement authorities, and military counterterrorism units, he interviewed terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and other conflict zones. For advancing international security cooperation, Gunaratna received the Major General Ralph H. Van Deman Award.
Mohd Mizan Aslam is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), and founder and first director of Malaysian Research Institute of Strategic Studies (MyRISS). Mizan was conferred Honorary Major by Malaysian Armed Forces in 2016 due to his contribution in security and CVE initiatives. He is also a national expert panel in rehabilitation programs to terrorist inmates nationwide. He is a writer for numerous books, conference papers, journals, proceedings, newspapers, magazines, keynote speakers, and TV and news columnists. Mizan actively involves in fellowship abroad as Executive Council of Benevolent Fund for Outstanding Students (BFOS), Hadramowt, Govt of Yemen, and Executive Advisor QATAR Guest Centre, Doha Qatar. Mizan held a position as Adjunct Professor at School of Arts & Humanities, Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia (UUI), Acheh, Indonesia. Mizan also appointed as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Civilization & Peace Study, Ibnu Haldun University, Besheksehir, Istanbul, Turkey in 2017. Mizan involved in developing a National Action Plan on CVE with Home Ministry of Malaysia and also appointed as Senior Fellow at Islamic and Strategic Studies Institute (ISSI-CONCAVE).