With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns launched by adversarial state actors; the domestic deployment of the Canadian and Australian militaries, among other national forces, to protect vulnerable populations; the disruption and vulnerability of just-in-time global supply chains; worrying domestic political tensions and fractures in many states; and an erosion of international cooperation. All of this is taking place amid ongoing tectonic geopolitical shifts, bookended by climate change and an overdue discussion about data, tracking, commercial surveillance and the attention economy.
In light of these policy challenges, the International Security Research and Outreach Programme and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) have partnered to bring you a four-part webinar series on COVID-19 security policy, based on CIGI’s new digital essay series “Security, Intelligence and the Global Health Crisis.”
The first session of the series, “International Security Remains Contagious: COVID-19’s Lasting Impacts to Security and Intelligence in the 5 Eyes,” will be held on September 10 at 8:30 a.m. with speakers Calder Walton, Patrick Walsh, Joe Burton and Greg Fyffe.
A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.
Calder Walton is assistant director of the Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Greg Fyffe is president of the Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies.
Joe Burton is senior lecturer in international security at the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Patrick F. Walsh is a former intelligence analyst who has worked in Australia’s Office of National Intelligence and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
Wesley Wark is a CIGI senior fellow and an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Public Management and Policy.