Transatlantic roundtable on societal security in the light of covid-19
Yesterday MSB arranged a high level international roundtable to collect insights on how the pandemic is affecting societies’ ability to prevent and handle crises.
The ongoing pandemic has highlighted the need for resilient societies with the ability to handle large events, with drawn out disruptions of essential societal functions, and a capacity to bounce back. Many of the established strategies and plans for handling crises have been found lacking during this time.
The pandemic and its long-term consequences will continue to dominate for a long time to come. At the same time, known risks such as climate change and cyber operations, have not become less important or urgent – quite the opposite!
Since these threats are global and cross-sectoral in nature, no one country can face them alone. Instead, we need long term, broad international collaboration between states, stakeholders and actors on different levels of government and the private sector.
To discuss how the conditions for societal security have changed during the pandemic, and what research we need going forward, MSB invited leading experts to a digital roundtable. Among the participants are notably former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano, California’s Deputy Governor Eleni Kounalakis and David Nabarro, who serves as WHO:s Special Envoy for Covid-19. The roundtable was arranged in cooperation with Atlantic Council and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC.
Atlantic Council will produce a report on the conclusions of the roundtable. The report will be published on msb.se.