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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “The Coronavirus Crisis: Responses in China, Italy, and the United States” webinar, March 26

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host “The Coronavirus Crisis: Responses in China, Italy, and the United States.” During this on-the-record webinar, Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty experts will discuss how governments on three different continents are responding to and managing the COVID-19 pandemic and assess the effectiveness of their approaches.
Carla Freeman
Executive Director, Foreign Policy Institute and Associate Research Professor of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Erik Jones
Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Andrew Mertha
Director of China Studies Program and George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
12:30 p.m. EST
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The webinar is open to the public and media, with registration.
Media Contacts
Miji Bell
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Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
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About the Speakers
Carla Freeman directs the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and is concurrently associate research professor in China Studies. She conducts research on Chinese foreign and domestic policy with a current focus on regional dynamics, including China and its periphery, nontraditional security, and China's role in international organizations. Her career has included leadership as an Asian analyst for a political risk consultancy, directing the program in civil society and community sustainability at The Johnson Foundation, and various academic positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Beloit College, and Alverno College, where she chaired the global studies and international affairs program.
Freeman’s current research is on China and the global commons, the country’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and its nontraditional security. She currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the academic journal Asian Perspective, published by Johns Hopkins University Press and as the Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China relations within the library’s John W. Kluge Center.
Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship. He is author of “The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union,” “Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States,” and, together with Dana Allin, “Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity.” His most recent book is a collection of short essays called “The Year the European Crisis Ended.”
Jones has served as editor or co-editor of more than 20 books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy. His commentary has also been published in, among others, Financial Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis.
Andrew Mertha is the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, Director of the China Studies Program, and Director of SAIS China at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Mertha specializes in Chinese bureaucratic politics, political institutions, and the domestic and foreign policy process. More recently, he has extended his research interests to include Cambodia. Mertha has written three books, “The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China,” “China’s Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change,” and “Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979.” His articles have appeared in The China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, International Organization, Issues & Studies, CrossCurrents, and Orbis.
Mertha has provided public testimony for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, briefed the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and has accompanied a U.S. congressional staff delegation to Beijing, Xinjiang, and Shanghai to discuss issues of terrorism and narcotics trafficking. He currently serves is on the editorial committees for the Journal of Comparative Politics, The China Quarterly, and Asian Survey. Additionally, Mertha serves as vice president of the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and an alumnus of the NCUSCR Public Intellectuals Program, 2008-2010.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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