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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Claudia Zilla

Corona Crisis and Political Confrontation in Brazil

The President, the People, and Democracy under Pressure

SWP Comment 2020/C 36, July 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C36

Susan Bergner, Isabell Kump

The European Union should collect health data centrally

The calls to strengthen the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control must now be followed by action. Harmonising health data is crucial for better coordination in Europe, Isabell Kump and Susan Bergner argue.

Point of View, 25.06.2020
Eckhard Lübkemeier, Nicolai von Ondarza

A Corona Presidency in the Coronavirus Crisis?

The Dual Task of the German Presidency: Containing the Crisis and Giving a Lasting Impetus to European Solidarity and Autonomy

SWP Comment 2020/C 33, June 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C33

Raphael Bossong

EU Border Security in a Time of Pandemic

Restoring the Schengen Regime in the Face of Old Conflicts and New Requirements for Public Health

SWP Comment 2020/C 28, June 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C28

Bettina Rudloff, Annette Weber

Cascading of crises in East Africa

The Corona crisis joins a multitude of existing crises in East Africa. If the responses to the various challenges are not carefully coordinated, there is a blatant risk that hunger will spread in the region. An analysis by Bettina Rudloff and Annette Weber.

Point of View, 29.05.2020
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

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SWP Comments

Fabian Burkhardt
Russia’s “Passportisation” of the Donbas

The Mass Naturalisation of Ukrainians Is More Than a Foreign Policy Tool


Andrea Frenzel, Nadine Godehardt
Improving Europe’s China Competence

On the Significance of China Competence for German and European Policy on China


SWP Research Papers

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States


Guido Steinberg
Regional Power United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Is No Longer Saudi Arabia’s Junior Partner