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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Sinem Adar, Steffen Angenendt, Muriel Asseburg, Raphael Bossong, David Kipp

The Refugee Drama in Syria, Turkey, and Greece

Why a Comprehensive Approach Is Needed

SWP Comment 2020/C 16, April 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C16

Volker Perthes

The Corona Crisis and International Relations: Open Questions, Tentative Assumptions

International responses to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus appear to have turned the world upside down. But are these changes lasting or transient? SWP Director Volker Perthes takes a first look at the implications for international politics.

Point of View, 31.03.2020
Ilona Kickbusch, Susan Bergner

EU: Strongly United for Health—Deeply Divided on the Economy

Lock-step solidarity during COVID-19 pandemic is challenged by policy questions within and "mask diplomacy" from abroad

in: Think Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, 29.03.2020 (online)
Andrea Schmitz

Someone Else’s Virus

Until very recently Central Asia remained a blank on the maps showing the spread of Covid-19. In the meantime the virus has appeared there too, and most countries are implementing the same protective measures used elsewhere. But, as Andrea Schmitz observes, Tajikistan is following a different strategy.

Point of View, 27.03.2020
Ilona Kickbusch, Susan Bergner

The Big European Shut Down

COVID-19 pandemic reflects the EU’s powerlessness to act coherently on health matters—but it also reveals a path forward

in: Think Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, 16.03.2020 (online)
Nicolai von Ondarza, Bettina Rudloff, Paweł Tokarski

Corona Crisis: Italy Needs European Solidarity – Now

The corona virus is spreading around Europe at an alarming rate. Italy is currently the country worst affected. Nicolai von Ondarza, Bettina Rudloff and Pawel Tokarski argue that the states of Europe can and must stand together.

Point of View, 13.03.2020
Susan Bergner, Maike Voss

EU Global Health Policy

An Agenda for the German Council Presidency

SWP Comment 2020/C 12, March 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C12

Daniel Gulati, Maike Voss

Health and Security

Why the Containment of Infectious Diseases Alone Is Not Enough

SWP Comment 2019/C 32, August 2019, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2019C32

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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