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May 2020: COVID-19’s varying impacts complicate global health response

The BriefMay 11, 2020

With countries experiencing varying impacts from the coronavirus, Johns Hopkins SAIS experts explored global public health challenges ranging from access to resources to actions of multinational organizations.

Director of International Development Tanvi Nagpal wrote in Think Global Health that “water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) investments need to be an integral component of the international response” as global efforts increase to assist developing countries dealing with COVID-19. Read more

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Global Food and Agriculture Jessica Fanzo calls on countries and multinational organizations to support the world’s vulnerable populations that lack access to food in a Bloomberg Opinion piece, adding that “the number of people worldwide facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million” as a result of coronavirus. Read more

Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy Ho-Fung Hung discussed criticism the World Health Organization (WHO) received for its handling of COVID-19 on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Public Health on Call podcast, noting that the WHO “must revive its credibility and capability to monitor and spread information about this virus and the next crisis to come.” Listen here

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy Jeremy Shiffman explained to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center that data from national health information systems is important for countries as they “undertake appropriate responses to the pandemic, including how to allocate resources to provide medical care.” Read more

While some countries lack adequate testing and medical supplies, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder highlighted South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore to Voice of America as a model for other nations, since they conducted widespread testing and “rigorous contact tracing to contain the virus.” Read more
Additional content from our experts is included below.

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell 
Road to economic recovery will be long and hard. 5/2
To beat the virus, work together … but will we ever learn? 4/18

Senior Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence Anne Applebaum 
What president would you pick to fight the current pandemic? 5/6
The rest of the world is laughing at Trump. 5/3
Sightlines we can trust in a time of crisis. 4/27
One pandemic, a world of responses. 4/17

Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli
Iran and the politics of a pandemic. 4/23
Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies David Barno
U.S. military poised for post-pandemic shift. 5/4
Five ways the U.S. military will change after the pandemic. 4/28
The pandemic’s effect on National Defense Strategy. 4/17
Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies Nora Bensahel 
Five ways the U.S. military will change after the pandemic. 4/28
I do my hair toss, check my emails. 4/21
The pandemic’s effect on National Defense Strategy. 4/17
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brands 
Can a broke America fight a Cold War with China? 5/5
Modest multilateralism is in America’s interest — and China’s too. 4/22
Don’t let great powers carve up the world. 4/20
The world’s bad actors see coronavirus as an opportunity. 4/20
Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Political Economy and Director of the China Africa Research Initiative Deborah Bräutigam
Africa has a question for Beijing: Will you forgive us our debt? 5/5
China’s overseas lending and the looming developing country debt crisis. 5/4
Foreign policy experts call for end to hate crimes against Asian American community: Readers. 4/15
Kent E. Calder 
Letter from Washington: Sakura season and Washington's Corona revolution. 4/10
Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics Filipe Campante 
Republicans successfully politicized Ebola. Can they do it again in 2020? 4/22
Trump has a gut feeling about what COVID-19 means for 2020. 4/15

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Gregory Chin 
Responding to COVID 19: TOChina hub, private foundations, and emerging transnational support networks. 4/20
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Bill Clifford
Thanks to COVID-19, the startup world has changed forever. 4/15
Dean Eliot A. Cohen
We’re discovering our character. 5/6
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Francis Fukuyama
The wages of American political decay. 5/4
COVID-19 is threatening global democracy and peace. 5/1
Effectiveness, or lack thereof, of both autocratic and democratic governments in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. 4/29
Coronavirus and the crisis of trust. 4/16
Assistant Professor of International Relations Nina Hall
A new approach to social sciences, humanities in a time of crisis. 5/7
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Daniel Hamilton 
With the pandemic as priority, countries will have to hold off on defence spending. 4/21 

Assistant Professor of International Development Daniel Honig 
COVID-19 likely to weigh on U.S. election turnout, outcomes. 4/16

Professor of International Relations P. Terrence Hopmann
'War and disease travel together': Why the pandemic push for a global ceasefire is gaining ground. 4/28
Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones 
Can Italian infrastructure reboot post-coronavirus economy? 5/6
Political economy. 4/29
This is what European disintegration looks like. 4/28
Giuseppe Conte prepares for toxic choice on Eurozone rescue fund. 4/21
Director of SAIS Asia Programs Devesh Kapur 
India’s economy is in dire straits. 4/21
Solidarity today, new social compact tomorrow. 4/12
Creating fiscal space for the states. 4/11
Fiscal space: Not if but how. 4/8
Director of Strategic Studies Mara Karlin
The effects of COVID-19 on U.S. defense strategy and posture in the Middle East. 4/27
Global pandemic threatens to hobble National Defense Strategy. 4/13
Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business Pravin Krishna 
Economic policy in the age of coronavirus. 4/11
Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger
Trump’s war on public health. 4/28
Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky 
Will the massive policy response halt the global economic freefall? 4/24
COVID-19 and the mess it creates for the global economy. 4/22
Director of External Programs for the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Thomas G. Mahnken
Preparing for a dark future: Biological warfare in the 21st century. 4/16
Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum
How is the coronavirus crisis like a war? 4/27
Master of Arts in Global Policy Director Daniel Markey
Inflection point: China threatens to seize upper hand in global influence fight. 5/3
How is the coronavirus outbreak affecting China’s relations with Its Asian neighbors? 4/26

Associate Professor of International Political Economy Matthias Matthijs 
Rising U.K. death toll from coronavirus draws scrutiny. 4/30
Europe’s leaders meet this week to confront the coronavirus. 4/21
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin 
As Trump pushes theory of virus origins, some see parallels in lead-up to Iraq War. 5/6 
The pandemic makes the world more dangerous. 4/26
'The country is in a state of trauma': COVID-19 has made the U.S. a breeding ground for propaganda and a goldmine for foreign spies. 4/24
The global national security effects of COVID-19. 4/22
Our 10 must-read stories — the OZY highlight reel. 4/18
Don’t bet on China to fill the post-pandemic leadership void.4/17
Don’t bet on China filling the post-COVID global leadership void. 4/16
Director of SAIS China Andrew Mertha 
Foreign policy experts call for end to hate crimes against Asian American community: Readers. 4/15
Associate Professor of the Practice of International Relations Yascha Mounk
How populist leaders have responded to coronavirus. 5/2
No testing, no treatment, no herd immunity, no easy way out. 4/28

Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Jonas Nahm
Tracking the carbon emissions from the world's coronavirus stimulus. 5/7
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence Vikram Nehru 
With more open trade and investment policies, India could well emerge to be a post-COVID winner. 4/28
Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Sarah Parkinson
Now joining the fight against coronavirus: The world’s armed rebels, drug cartels, and gangs. 4/14
Director of SAIS Europe Michael G. Plummer
Spotlight on the economic toll of COVID-19 on Asia and strategies for recovery. 5/4
Consequences concerning trade and international political relations caused by coronavirus crisis. 4/23
Visiting Scholar Antonio Garcia Pascual
Coronavirus threatens Southern Europe’s vital tourism industry. 4/23
Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid
Recognizing disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. 5/8
Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Majda Ruge
Coronavirus economic crisis is a gift to Europe’s far-right. 5/7
Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands 
Donald Trump is blocking exports of medical equipment. He’s putting Canada’s trust in the U.S. to a potentially deadly test. 4/3
Jeremy Shiffman 
Global cooperation and comparing policy responses to COVID-19. 5/7
Strengthening accountability of the global health metrics enterprise. 4/16
Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim 
Rights groups call to end crackdowns across Middle East, North Africa. 4/16

Foreign Policy Institute Post-doctoral Fellow Maria Snegovaya 
Putin’s response to the coronavirus. 4/9
Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics and Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research Filippo Taddei 
Italian workers still waiting for their wages two months into lockdown. 5/1
COVID-19's historic economic impact, in the U.S. and abroad. 4/16 
James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil
Iranian spies ‘smuggle millions to terrorists’ in Lebanon and Syria. 5/3

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