The Covid-19 Crisis

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The new coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in January 2020. In the space of barely three months it has caused a global pandemic of the respiratory infection Covid-19. Attempting to gain control over the outbreak, states across the world have imposed drastic measures that cut deep into citizens’ personal freedoms. As the global economy spirals into recession, the number of identified cases is rising and healthcare systems face growing stresses. Many countries have responded by closing their borders and banning the export of medical protective equipment.

As individual states attempt to tackle the Covid-19 crisis within their own borders, international solidarity and responsibility have been largely sidelined. For example refugee admissions have been stopped. The international order is changing as new geopolitical constellations emerge. Long-term social, political and economic repercussions may be hard to predict at this stage, but it is already clear that they will be incisive.

As well as up-to-the-minute appraisals of ongoing events, the situation demands broader impact assessments and evaluation of potential responses – in global health and all other spheres of international politics. Researchers across the SWP are working in these issues, and our Global Health project has a track record of research and policy advice in this field.

This multi-perspectival dossier brings together all the in-house analyses, media contributions and external publications by SWP authors on topics relating to the Covid-19 crisis. It will be updated as new material is published.

 

The IREON gateway offers an up-to-date overview of further literature on »The Covid-19 Crisis«. Please follow the link for the latest search results from the database World Affairs Online (WAO).

Publications

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Lars Brozus

The Difficulty of Anticipating Global Challenges: The Lessons of COVID-19

in: Tom Bernes, Lars Brozus, Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky, et al., "Challenges of Global Governance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic", Paper Series, Council on Foreign Relations, May 2020, pp. 6-9.
Maike Voss

“We have about a year to build the necessary infrastructure”

For the purpose of developing a coronavirus vaccine, the EU has raised around seven and a half billion euros through its pledging conference. In an interview, global health expert Maike Voss explains why money is not the only thing that counts.

Point of View, 14.05.2020
Muriel Asseburg, Hamidreza Azizi, Galip Dalay, Moritz Pieper

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Conflict Dynamics in Syria

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant

SWP Comment 2020/C 21, May 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C21

Susan Bergner

The EU's Scope of Action in Global Health

in: stars insights, 12.05.2020 (online)
Annette Weber

Covid-19 in the Horn of Africa

Gaining Trust in a Crisis

SWP Comment 2020/C 20, May 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C20

Dheepa Rajan, Kira Koch, Katja Rohrer, Csongor Bajnoczki, Anna Socha, Maike Voss, Marjolaine Nicod, Valery Ridde, Justin Koonin

Governance of the Covid-19 response: a call for more inclusive and transparent decision-making

in: BMJ Global Health 2020, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp. 1-8.
Christian Wagner, Tobias Scholz

South Asia in the Corona Crisis

Economic and Political Consequences

SWP Comment 2020/C 19, April 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C19

Claudia Major, Christian Mölling

Saving European Defense From the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic will harm European defense strategically, politically, and financially. To mitigate these consequences, Europeans must start shaping joint and immediate answers.

in: Carnegie Europe, 30.04.2020 (online)
Susan Bergner, Nadine Godehardt, Maike Voss

Global Health Policy Is World Politics

The Covid-19 outbreak is an acid test for the international order, which was already under enormous pressure before the crisis. According to Susan Bergner, Nadine Godehardt, and Maike Voss, the political will to shape health policy globally is needed to achieve sustainable success.

Point of View, 27.04.2020
Hamidreza Azizi

The corona crisis could trigger a change in Iran’s foreign policy

The pandemic appears to have revealed the limits of Iran's 'Look to the East' strategy for preserving its national interests.

in: International Politics and Society, 24.04.2020 (online)
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SWP Research Papers

Anne Koch
On the Run in Their Own Country

Political and Institutional Challenges in the Context of Internal Displacement


Barbara Lippert, Volker Perthes (eds.)
Strategic Rivalry between United States and China

Causes, Trajectories, and Implications for Europe