Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest - July 5

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – July 5, 2022

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – July 5, 2022

Global Security Matters

  • At the NATO summit in Madrid, the alliance singled out China and Russia as the biggest threats to member nations in its 2022 Strategic Concept. This is the first time NATO has explicitly opposed China’s actions. China has rapidly expanded influence across Europe and Africa and strengthened military power in the South China Sea and Taiwan. If current trends continue, China appears to be on a trajectory to change the global order.
  • The United Nations Security Council voted to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights until December 31st. The UNDOF was established on May 31, 1974, following the disengagement of the Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights. While the UNDOF has successfully maintained the ceasefire, continued tensions have necessitated the ongoing peacekeeping mission.
  • Representatives from 15 signatory states attended a meeting last week in Dubai focused on combating maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Maritime threats have evolved and expanded beyond piracy into other challenges that have negatively impacted the economies of the signatory states. The group adopted resolutions aimed at strengthening measures to meet the new challenges and enhance maritime security in the region.
  • Since the summits between former U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang has ended all communication with the U.S. and South Korea. Meanwhile, North Korea is ramping up its ballistic missile tests and is expected to conduct another nuclear weapons test in upcoming months. The recent tests have put pressure on the U.S. and South Korea to find a way to address the growing threat of a nuclear-enabled North Korea.


Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 6,337,293 (1,015,062 in United States) 

At least one vaccine dose administered: 68% globally (United States: 78.9% of population)

  • Cases of Covid-19 continue to rise worldwide, as the BA.5 omicron sub variant continue to spread:  Italy became the fourth country in the world to have more than 1 million active cases, following the United States, with 3.5 million, Germany, with 1.5 million, and France, with 1.4 million, according to data from the World Health Organization.
  • The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommends giving updated boosters targeting forms of omicron, the move came as new federal estimates showed two subvariants made up more than half of new U.S. cases.
  • North Korea suggested that its Covid-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea.
  • China placed 1.7 million people under lockdown in central Anhui province where authorities reported nearly 300 new cases as part of Beijing’s no-tolerance approach to Covid-19.