Geopolitics, Peace & COVID-19
NDCF – Institute for Economics and Peace Joint Webinar
June 18, 2020, Zoom Platform




  • Lea Perekrests, Deputy Director of Europe & MENA, Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Alessandro Politi, Director, NATO Defense College Foundation
  • Benoî d’Aboville, Ambassador, Vice-President, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

Moderator: María José Maldonado, Executive Assistant, Institute for Economics and Peace





The 2020 Global Peace Index was presented by Lea Perekrests, Deputy Director of Europe & MENA at the Institute for Economics and Peace. This index is one of the most comprehensive data-driven analyses on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies. This year’s report outlines key 2020 highlights, global rankings, regional overviews as well as country improvements and deteriorations in peace. Uniquely, this edition will cover three new topics: trends in civil unrest, ecological threats, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Perekrests also discussed IEP’s newly released COVID-19 and Peace report, which summarizes the crisis through the lens of socio-economic development and peacebuilding. Specifically, it discusses changes in socio-economic systems, changes in patterns of violence and conflict, and analyses which countries are best positioned to deal with the crisis and those that are not.

Dr Alessandro Politi, Director of the NATO Foundation, underlined how COVID-19 has been a global stressor with different effects on democracy, the current world disorder and its transatlantic effects.

Ambassador Benoît d’Aboville, Vice-President of the Foundation pour la Recherche Stratégique reflected on the possible consequences for Europe and its relations with major powers.


Geopolitcs, Peace & COVID-19 (Joint Webinar)
Zoom – June 18, 2020

Mediterraneo Orientale: un bacino di crisi
(Webinar congiunto – ITA)

Zoom – 17 Giugno, 2020 

Space Strategies 2020. The critical dimension of space: new threats, new technologies
(Joint Webinar)
Zoom – 5 June, 2020

Talk About Crude. Fluctuating Oil and COVID-19 (Joint Webinar)
Zoom – 3 June, 2020

The Middle East after Coronavirus
(Joint Webinar)

Zoom  – 21 April, 2020

Confronting Criminal/Terrorist Threats. The reshaping of non-state actors
Rome – 9 December, 2019

Arab Geopolitics after the Caliphate.
How to exit the fragmentation trap

Rome – 9 October, 2019

Book Presentation “Shaping Security Horizons. Strategic Trends (2012-2019)”
Rome – 15 July, 2019

NATO at 70: Refocusing for Change?
Washington D.C. – 27 June, 2019

Balkan Perspectives – Adapting the partnership and integration paths
Rome – 16 May, 2019

Targeting the de-materialised “Caliphate”. Extremism, radicalisation and illegal trafficking
Rome – 6 December, 2018

Book presentation “I Balcani occidentali al bivio. La NATO, KFOR e il ruolo dell’Italia”
Rome – 17 October, 2018

Afghanistan and Central Asia: Looming priorities and regional un-balances
Rome – 4 October 2018

NATO versus the new global threats
Rome – 15 June 2018

Africa in Action: Tailoring security to real needs and threats
Rome – 8-9 May 2018

Book presentation “PEACEMAKERS. American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans”
Rome – 12 March 2018

The Western Balkans at a Crossroads 
Rome – 6-7 December 2017

Arab Geopolitics from Turmoil – Balances, Stability and Regional Order
Rome – 5-6 October 2017

Is NATO indispensable?
The Brussels Summit
Rome – 18 May 2017

Balkan Networks and Stability
Rome – 6-7 April 2017

Book Presentation
Rome – 7 December 2016

Deep Maghreb: (in)security and stability – North Africa and its Sahel dimension
Rome – 30 November 2016

CBRN Risks in Maritime and Land Containers Transport
Rome – 25-27 May 2016

NATO in a world of disorder
Rome – 25 May 2016

Arab Geopolitics in Turmoil
Rome – 25-26 February 2016

Eurasia and armed radicalism
Berlin – 27 January 2016

NATO Summit 2016 Advisory Panel meeting
Rome – 25 September 2015

The shaping of Eastern Europe
Rome – 18-19 May 2015

The futures of integration
Rome – 7-8 October 2014

Game changers
Rome – 13-14 February 2014

Afghanistan to 2014 and beyond
Rome – 7-8 February 2013

NATO and the Arab Spring
Rome – 17-18 November 2011