The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have accelerated a number of negative trends in international politics, including great power rivalry, inter-state territorial disputes, proliferation of various weapons as well as fueling of regional and international conflicts. All these challenges, which demand cooperative solutions, have made the work of conflict resolution organizations even more timely. At the same time, however, the ability of international organizations to function in this environment has been constrained as summits, negotiations and fact-finding missions have gone digital or have been curbed.

How will the present crisis affect the future of multilateral efforts in conflict resolution and arms control? How can international institutions and their civil society partners carry forward their vital work amidst a global health emergency?

Join us on December 7, from 9:00-10:00am EST (3:00–4:00pm CET), for an engaging discussion of the challenges posed to conflict prevention by an environment where digital communications have replaced face-to-face interactions.

The webinar will discuss the impact of the pandemic on international organizations dealing with conflict prevention or resolution (particularly the UN and OSCE). It will elaborate on how the pandemic has challenged the institutional capacity of these organizations and affected their ability to carry out their missions, especially disarmament and arms control. It will also discuss the need to reevaluate conflict prevention and conflict resolution efforts to adjust them to the new reality.