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The Covid-19 Crisis

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.

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