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COVID-19: Epidemic Takes Toll On Security, Defense, Foreign Policy

February 27, 2020


now as the epidemic expressed through
borderline pandemic countries are banning the entry of travelers from
areas affected by or at risk of Cova 19 the infectious disease taking a toll on
diplomatic security issues as well let’s invite some perspective for joining me
in live in the studio is some sandy on professor of law at Kelley University
professor song great to see you again likewise now Audrina news conference
earlier today US President Trump like we just saw in our Kim Dylan’s up report he
said that although he’s considering entry restrictions on travelers from
Italy and South Korea over a coronavirus fears this isn’t the right time now a
based on a number of largest epidemic in history what do we expect from the US
the US state state department did raise the level of its travel advisory to
level three which is advising American citizens to I guess advising citizens to
avoid non-essential travels to South Korea so what do we expect from the u.s.
from here on forth well CDC’s assessment shows that they
are taking this very seriously and why not the whio said that we should be
bracing for a pandemic and I think that as far as the Korean citizens entry
procedures go they’ll probably look to what Korean government just did we
raised the level to the highest level so what does that tell them we’re taking
this very seriously so they should be taking very seriously as well as far as
the Trump Donald Trump goes I think there’s this concern or the the element
that this year is a election year so we’re expect a modicum of the
grandstanding maybe because there’s a thinking that this risk management
performance it will affect the the outcome of a little bit not a whole lot
but a little bit of outcome of the election absolutely this will impact his
um electability definitely now some countries have imposed either an entry
ban or restriction on travelers from South Korea as well
now some provincial cities in China have where the Cova 19 outbreak
actually it was in China but some provincial cities there have been
imposing of forcible quarantine measures on travelers flying from South Korea
that’s drawn anger from South Korean whores
especially as South Korea still hasn’t imposed a total travel ban on those
entering from China except for those from the Hebei province which is exactly
where this Cova 19 broke out what canvassed South Korean government do at
this point right to begin with I think that there is a thinking that this has a
diplomatic impact on it and diplomacy is based on the principle of reciprocity if
you treat them nicely we expect them to treat us nicely but this is a different
matter this is a self-defense measure they have to do whatever they need to
contain this virus and I think that if they are very strict about our entry
into their country that might suggest that they cannot really handle the kind
of efficiency that we have because we have our the quarantine system has been
pretty competent despite the recent spike in there but they are pretty
localized but China had a kind of a out of hand
experiences so far now they’re getting the hand in hands of it so rather than
getting angry at the lack of reciprocity probably we should look at whatever
actions that each country the government should take right now also in an
unprecedent light of the South Korean government’s declaration of the highest
alert level severe ANCOVA 19 South Korean the u.s. postponed that joined
military drills that were slated for March
now that means um you know and indefinitely as well so we’re seeing
this infectious disease outbreak taking a toll on security and defense now what
do we how do we deal with this there is a concern I wouldn’t deny that because a
lack of exercise would decrease the efficiency of working together
however they exercise has been going on years and
years twice a year now it is a war game once and physically games but it’s not
like we’re stopping it from now on it’s as one time off and we had an experience
of kind of skipping the exercise back in the Pyeongchang games so I wouldn’t
worry too much about it at this point but if it becomes stoppage that recurs
more often probably they will have impact on the efficiency and the
effectiveness of working together but I think this is unavoidable measure we
have some affected personnel in our military personnel and the u.s. is as
well so all right well professor some say that many thanks for being on the
program tonight thank you and if you want to dig deeper into the issue of
infectious disease epidemic taking a toll on security defense and foreign
policy with Professor tsoumas ad on tune in to our knees in depth right after
NewsCenter tonight

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