COVID-19: A Nontraditional Threat


The development of security studies in international relations since its origin has usually been related to safeguarding a country’s sovereignty from military and traditional threats from others. However, in this information and technological era, the essence of security has shifted from its distinctive meaning. The threats the world is facing today are subtle in form, difficult to predict, and intangible in most cases. Military might is no longer a threat. The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent example that shows that future security threats can not only come as a large-scale military invasion but could be as tiny as an airborne virus. Battling these threats does not require conventional weapons but an obedient public attitude toward the government policies. For this reason, state security must be built not just by the state but also by the people. This article discusses COVID-19 as a nontraditional threat that has a profound impact on state and human security.

Keywords: security, nontraditional threats, COVID-19

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