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Coronavirus Pandemic an Opportunity for Wars, and Peace

•, Jason Ditz

International relations specialist Bertrand Badie called it a "godsend" for such groups, and predicted "the revenge of the weak over the strong" in the weeks to come. As the virus spreads around, this attitude could spread to more countries.

For extremist groups, the global panic over the pandemic is just a multiplier for terrorist groups. Civilians are less resilient to high-profile attacks if they are already terrified over other issues, and terrorists can more easily provoke desperation in those already desperate.

On the other hand, some groups are taking this as an opportunity for peace. The Philippines ordered a halt to their offensive against Communist rebels, a major fight spanning decades which may be getting a rare break. Elsewhere in Idlib, fighting has been on the decline.