Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)
The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has the potential for extraordinary consequences. In this special dossier we assess its impact at distinct levels and areas, and the global challenges of managing this crisis.En español
The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential for extraordinary consequences at all levels and it highlights the relevance of global governance and European integration to our daily lives. Spain is among the countries with the highest initial incidence of the virus, underlining the need for a rigorous, multidisciplinary approach aligned with the responses of other countries, the European Union and international organisations like the WHO and the G20. This Elcano Royal Institute special dossier aims to contribute to this objective.
Spain and the COVID crisis: strategic thoughts in a European and international context
Spain has not only been hard hit by the pandemic but is facing reconstruction with specific weaknesses and significant strengths. This report offers some strategic thoughts from the Elcano Royal Institute’s research team, combing an analytical (what is Spain up against in the COVID crisis?) with a prescriptive focus (how can it do so in the best conditions possible?).
This paper looks at threats and opportunities from the three aspects in which domestic public policies and international action feed back into each other: health and the management of the state of alarm; the economy; and social welfare and sustainability.
From an international point of view, COVID-19 is also a highly disruptive force with a significant impact on geopolitics (particularly as regards the rivalry between the US and China), on globalisation’s fragile governance, on European integration and on the various regional scenarios where Spain projects its foreign policy.
It is not only necessary to reconsider Spain’s European policy, but also its foreign policy. The changes brought about by the pandemic in international relations means that Spanish diplomacy must be more proactive and have less faith in the certainties so far provided by its insertion in the Euro-Atlantic world.
The paper also includes thoughts on the desirability of improving governance both domestically and in the sense of achieving more effective connexions abroad, in order for Spain to be better placed in the field of European and global governance.
Reports and recommendations
Presentación Informe Elcano: ¿Recuperación o metamorfosis? Un plan de transformación económica para España (9/7/2020).
Mesa redonda virtual: La igualdad de género tras el COVID-19: el papel de las Naciones Unidas (2/7/2020).
Presentación del documento: España y la crisis del coronavirus (23/6/2020).
Debates Elcano: Cómo puede España aprovechar el fondo de recuperación europeo (18/6/2020).
Presentación Elcano Policy Paper: Implicaciones del COVID-19 para la Defensa (4/6/2020).
Virtual Roundtable: The EU response to COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the future of the Union (14/5/2020).
Virtual Roundtable: Coronavirus and the Maghreb: Challenges to stability and reform (7/5/2020).
Debates Elcano: El impacto del COVID-19 en América Latina: un balance sanitario, político y económico provisional (30/4/2020).
Mesa redonda virtual: El impacto del coronavirus en los países árabes (22/4/2020).
Virtual Roundtable: Covid-19 and the Chinese and Russian disinformation campaigns (21/4/2020).
Seminario digital: COVID-19 e Influencia de España en Europa (20/4/2020).
Mesa redonda virtual: La crisis del COVID-19 y su impacto: respuestas y escenarios futuros (1/4/2020).
Documents & resources
Comisión Europea / European Commission: Respuesta al coronavirus / Coronavirus Response.
International Crisis Group: COVID-19 and Conflict: Seven Trends to Watch.
European Parliamentary Research Service: Coronavirus (COVID-19) [What Think Tanks Are Thinking].
Global Trade Alert: The Trade Policy Dimension. Tackling Coronavirus.
Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU): Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases.
The COVID Tracking Project: The COVID Tracking Project web.
Worldometer: COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak.