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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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)
Ilona Kickbusch, Susan Bergner

Coronavirus in Europe: Who If Not Us?

Can the EU balance internal recovery with geopolitical influence and lift its gaze towards the international sphere?

in: Think Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, 22.04.2020 (online)
Susan Bergner

The EU’s Global Health Crisis Management: Past and Present

in: E-International Relations, 17.04.2020 (online)
Azadeh Zamirirad

Three implications of the corona crisis in Iran

The coronavirus is more than a health challenge for the Islamic Republic. The virus is exacerbating the legitimacy crisis and pushing religion into the background, says Azadeh Zamirirad.

Point of View, 09.04.2020
Lars Brozus

Foresight can help in preparing better for nasty surprises

Systematic foresight can help policy-makers to prepare more effectively in targeting nasty surprises such as a global pandemic. However, they still have to balance competing interests, argues Lars Brozus.

Point of View, 08.04.2020
Salim Çevik

Turkey Preparing Early Release in Response to Crisis – Will Political Prisoners Be Excluded?

Ankara is discussing measures to reduce prison overcrowding in response to the corona pandemic. Despite broad support for the legislation, prisons will remain crowded. The central debate concerns the government’s intention to exclude political prisoners from the programme. An assessment by Salim Çevik.

Point of View, 08.04.2020
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SWP Comments

Peter Becker
The EU Budget As an Opportunity in the Crisis

The EU Commission Proposal for a New Financial Framework and a Reconstruction Fund


Claudia Zilla
Corona Crisis and Political Confrontation in Brazil

The President, the People, and Democracy under Pressure


SWP Research Papers

Guido Steinberg
Regional Power United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Is No Longer Saudi Arabia’s Junior Partner


Felix Heiduk, Gudrun Wacker
From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

Significance, Implementation and Challenges