The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Global Armed Conflict: Early Evidence

Title The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Global Armed Conflict: Early Evidence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMehrl, M, Thurner, PW
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Abstract

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, international actors, including the United Nations, have called for a stop to armed conflict to facilitate efforts to fight the pandemic. At the same time, coronavirus may also trigger and intensify armed conflict due to its negative economic consequences and by offering windows of opportunity to opposition movements to attack distracted and weakened incumbents.

The authors use real-time data on the spread of Covid-19, governmental lockdown policies, and battle events to study the causal short-term effect of the pandemic on armed conflict.

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