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 Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Mehrl, M, Thurner, PW|
|Journal||Political Studies Review|
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.