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April 2020: Differences between countries impact COVID-19 global response

The Brief

April 13, 2020

Our experts provided commentary on how rivalries, and in some cases tensions, between countries has impacted the responses to coronavirus around the globe.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands commented on the Trump administration’s plan to block exports of medical equipment to Canada and Latin America, explaining to the Toronto Star that “countries look to their own interests” in times of crisis.

Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute Carla Freeman noted in The Washington Post that tensions between the China and U.S. could spur the Chinese government to “restrict sales of supplies such as protective gear for medical personnel and the active ingredients in prescription medicines” to the U.S. government.

Director of Strategic Studies Mara Karlin told NPR that countries and companies around the world are hesitant to provide coronavirus aid to Iran, which is under U.S. sanctions, due to the fear they may also “face sanctions by the Trump administration and be cut off from the U.S. financial system.”

Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones addressed conflicts between EU members over fiscal issues in the wake of COVID-19, telling the Polcast podcast that the global pandemic is "expressing itself as a local problem,” which has resulted in some countries in Europe turning inward. Listen here

Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics and Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research Filippo Taddei outlined the challenge countries face attempting to collaborate at this time, explaining to Johns Hopkins’ HUB that “each country has its own government with its own responses, which poses a problem for acting uniformly.”

Additional content from our experts is included below.

Foreign Policy Institute Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholar Faruk Ajeti
China’s new Silk Road. 4/1
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell
No man is an island, and neither is any country. 4/11
We live in a connected world, let’s harness that. 4/4
This region is ill prepared for the tsunami that is coming. 3/28
COVID-19 fears rattle global markets. 3/10
Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence Anne Applebaum
Coronavirus and curbs on democratic freedoms. 4/8
Creeping authoritarianism has finally prevailed. 4/3
Post-pandemic global order. 4/2
How coronavirus may compound our current crisis of democracy. 3/26
The people in charge see an opportunity. 3/23
The coronavirus called America’s bluff. 3/15
Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli
How Trump sanctions on Iran will worsen the pandemic. 3/24
The impact of coronavirus on the victims of chemical attacks in Iran. 3/21
Visiting Professors of Strategic Studies David Barno and Nora Bensahel
After the pandemic: America and national security in a changed world. 3/31
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brands
Cooperate with China on coronavirus but don’t trust it. 4/12
The death of globalization? Get real. 3/24
Coronavirus is China's chance to weaken the liberal order. 3/16
Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics Filipe Campante
How economists are trying to answer coronavirus questions. 4/5
Explaining Brazil: Public health enemy #1. 3/27
Dean Eliot A. Cohen
The U.S. government is failing catastrophically at its most basic function. 3/16
Associate Professor of International Relations Eugene Finkel
Is Russia lying to WHO on virus data? 3/19
Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy Ho-Fung Hung
'Lockdown is not over’ for people of Wuhan, despite easing of restrictions. 4/11
Questions raised over China's coronavirus transparency. 4/3
Yes, we long have referred to disease outbreaks by geographic places. Here's why we shouldn't anymore. 3/28
Life after lockdown: Has China really beaten coronavirus. 3/23
Holding Beijing accountable for the coronavirus is not racist. 3/17
What historians hear when Trump calls coronavirus 'Chinese' and 'foreign'. 3/17
Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Director Francis J. Gavin
Pandemic and the plight of American public policy. 4/2
Assistant Professor of International Relations Nina Hall
The role of international relations in the COVID-19 world. 4/7
A kiwi in Europe: The weird, isolating realities of a COVID-19 world. 3/25
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Daniel Hamilton
One legacy of coronavirus is a return to activist government. 4/13
Angela Merkel can’t isolate herself from pressure to save Europe. 4/1
Transatlantic commerce: Ties that bind. 3/23
Assistant Professor of International Development Daniel Honig
Americans returning to U.S. say they're surprised by lack of stringent health checks. 4/10
U.S. government evacuation flights from Peru will soon be phased out. 4/9
Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies Lisel Hintz
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on polarization in Turkey. 4/10
Erik Jones
Europe needs a massive fiscal stimulus in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 4/10
Why choose to mutualise risk across countries through the ECB? 4/9
Why Europe will need to do more. 4/7
Old divisions threaten Europe’s economic response to the coronavirus. 4/6
A warning from Italy. 4/3
Pandemic invades body of European Union. 4/1
Eurobonds could prevent tax hikes common to last crisis. 4/1
Dutch government under pressure to accept plan for coronabonds. 3/31
Coronabonds and the future of the European Central Bank. 3/31
The COVID-19 outbreak: Italians rise to the occasion. 3/23
Italy's COVID-19 lessons for the world. 3/20
Italians are taking real steps to fight the coronavirus — but big political challenges are lurking. 3/18
Trump's travel ban draws European ire as crisis grows. 3/12
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Edward P. Joseph
The coronavirus could heal Libya. 4/7
Meanwhile, America’s Kosovo strategy is melting down. 3/20
Mara Karlin
While the coronavirus pandemic is devastating Iran, the U.S. has added more sanctions. 3/30
Director of SAIS Asia Programs Devesh Kapur
In fight against coronavirus, India’s universities have lagged far behind China’s. 4/6
In times of a COVID-19 lockdown, protecting lives and livelihoods. 3/27
Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business Pravin Krishna
‘Falling oil prices boon for India’. 3/26
Growth slowdown: Pre- & post-coronavirus. 3/21
Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger
Only multilateralism can save us. 3/19
Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum
The geopolitics of the coronavirus. 3/24
Master of Arts in Global Policy Director Daniel Markey
Responding to China’s new tools of global influence. 4/1
Associate Professor of International Political Economy Matthias Matthijs
COVID-19 and a splintered European Union. 4/10
Europe's response to the coronavirus. 3/25
The coronavirus is reducing Merkel’s EU legacy to ashes. 3/17
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin
COVID-19 affects national security in novel ways. 3/19
Coronavirus crisis or no, Bernie Sanders is not going down easy. 3/16
Director of SAIS China Andrew Mertha
Coronavirus: The high stakes propelling the U.S.-China blame game. 3/20
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi
Billions poised to become economic victims of coronavirus. 3/5
Associate Professor of the Practice of International Relations Yascha Mounk
Authoritarian populists have six classic moves. Trump’s response to COVID-19 uses five of them. 4/2
For the first time, I’m doubting my decision to come to America. 3/28
Pandemic as a historical turning point. 3/27
Is all of 2020 postponed? 3/24
Four theories for why people are still out partying. 3/19
Why Italy was hit so hard and so fast by COVID-19. 3/16
Enemy at the gates: The emerging threat of COVID-19. 3/13
Coronavirus tests Europe’s cohesion, alliances, and even democracy. 3/12
Italy has record jump of coronavirus cases today: 2,313.  3/11
The extraordinary decisions facing Italian doctors. 3/11
Cancel everything. 3/10
Gov. Inslee makes right call by restricting gatherings of more than 250 people, including sports events. 3/10
What the dubious Corona Poll reveals. 2/28
Director of International Development Tanvi Nagpal
Where WASH figures in the COVID-19 fight. 3/22
Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs Vali Nasr
Trump’s losing blame game. 3/30
Trump’s ‘Disaster Diplomacy’ has so far had few results. 3/26
Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Sarah Parkinson
Soldiers around the world get a new mission: Enforcing coronavirus lockdowns. 3/25
Visiting Scholar Antonio Garcia Pascual
The ESM must help against the pandemic. 3/25
Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid
UK government defends prime minister’s use of Zoom. 4/1
Associate Director of China Studies Madelyn Ross
U.S.-China cooperation called for in virus fight. 4/8
Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Majda Ruge
Serbia’s coronavirus diplomacy unmasked. 3/26
Christopher Sands
Canada and the U.S. closed the border the right way – cooperatively and with logical exceptions. 3/19
Canada-U.S. border to close except for essential supply chains. 3/19
Trump, Trudeau agree to close U.S.-Canada border to ‘nonessential’ traffic. 3/18
Different strokes: Will the shared Canada U.S. border have consequences? 3/13
Canada grapples with Trump's ban on travel from Europe amid border questions. 3/12

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy Jeremy Shiffman
World leaders who denied the coronavirus’s danger made us all less safe. 3/30
Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim
Lebanon’s Hizbollah mobilises for ‘battle’ against coronavirus. 4/6
Iraq political update - COVID-19. 3/20
Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Kristina Spohr
China’s new Silk Road. 4/1
Filippo Taddei
#CoronaChronicles – Why so many cases in the Netherlands? 4/8
Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Simone Tagliapietra
Europe needs a COVID-19 recovery programme. 3/25
What if the rest of Europe follows Italy's coronavirus fate? 03/10
Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy David C. Unger
American man trapped in Italy during COVID-19 lockdown. 3/27
'A Socio-Economic Tsunami': How the world is dealing with pandemic. 3/18
Italy remains under lockdown due to spread of COVID-19. 3/17
I’m an American in Italy, where 60 million are trapped by the coronavirus. It’s horrific. 3/11
Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Johannes Urpelainen
Why the coronavirus response seems so outsized. 3/10
Foreign Policy Institute Non-Resident Fellow Ali Vaez
The coronavirus crisis is a diplomatic opportunity for the United States and Iran. 3/17
James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil
'Maximum pressure' on Iran amid coronavirus could backfire for Trump. 4/8
Should sanctions against Iran be lifted in the wake of COVID-19? 3/27 
Why the remedy may be worse than the disease. 3/20
Strategic partnership with China lies at root of Iran's Coronavirus outbreak. 3/12
Bologna Institute for Policy Research Associate Fellow Marcus Walsh-Führing
Coronavirus recession and the political conflict in Europe. 4/3
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