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August 2020: Complex challenges mark U.S. COVID-19 response and recovery efforts

As coronavirus becomes more widespread throughout the United States, our experts are providing commentary on how domestic, economic, and international challenges are impacting the country's response and recovery efforts.

July 2020: Coronavirus tests international cooperation and geopolitical order

COVID-19 has subsided in some countries, but is surging in others. As the global response continues to evolve, the school's experts discuss international cooperation and the shifting geopolitical order.

June 2020: Protests signal warning signs in U.S. and opportunity in China

In wake of protests in the U.S. following George Floyd’s death, the school's experts address how President Donald Trump's response has been alarming and how China is using the unrest for its own purposes.

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

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

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

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

March 2020: Misinformation presents obstacles as countries respond to coronavirus

As countries strategize to combat the spread of coronavirus, the school's experts addressed how misinformation has influenced the response to the global outbreak.

February 2020: U.S. trade approach leads to economic tensions domestically and globally

The school's experts examine the wide-ranging impact of the Trump administration prioritizing U.S. trade interests at the expense of other countries, including its allies.

January 2020 - Wide-ranging impact of Iranian commander's death

President Donald Trump's order to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3 marked the latest flash point in the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Iran. As tensions between the two countries remain high, our experts discuss the fallout from Soleimani’s death.

December 2019 - Addressing climate change through cross-sector collaboration

The school's experts discussed the need for public and private cooperation and for the food and energy industries to work with policymakers to address climate change.

November 2019 - Milestone anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall marked by the uncertainty of transatlantic relations

The school's experts reflected on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, often seen as the symbol of the Cold War, with commentary on the current state of transatlantic relations.