A Made-in-China Pandemic (Project-Syndicate)

The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for a world that has accepted China’s lengthening shadow over global supply chains for far too long. Only by reducing China’s global economic influence – beginning in the pharmaceutical sector – can the world be kept safe from the country’s political pathologies.


Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research and Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, is the author of nine books, including Asian JuggernautWater: Asia’s New Battleground, and <em=” “=”” target=”_blank”><em=”>Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis.

An ICC Investigation Into War Crimes Is Key to Securing Peace in Afghanistan (World Politics Review)

There have already been many military maneuvers, political pivots and plot twists since the U.S. inked a peace deal with the Taliban late last month. But the one development that could finally bring a measure of clarity to Afghanistan in the long term is the International Criminal Court’s decision on March 5 to approve opening a full investigation into allegations that U.S., Taliban and Afghan government forces committed systematic abuses during the nearly 20-year-long war.


Why What Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Panic (Project-Syndicate)

This year’s COVID-19 coronavirus will not be the last. As a first step toward confronting the outbreaks to come, we must improve risk literacy and learn to live with uncertainty, rather than allowing ourselves to be held captive by it.


Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Latin America’s Critical Election (Project-Syndicate)

The Organization of American States has come to play a pivotal role in Latin America, including by monitoring elections, defending human rights, and isolating authoritarian regimes. As a result, the OAS’s upcoming election of a secretary general is one of the most important in its 72-year history.


Jorge G. Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico, is Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

The US Needs A Draft (Project-Syndicate)

The United States should establish a mandatory two-year paid national service program that would bring together Americans of different backgrounds and help overcome barriers to a deeply felt and widely shared civic identity. If young Americans grow up believing that theirs is a divided country, it will remain so.


Charles C. Krulak is a former Commandant of the US Marine Corps and President of Birmingham-Southern College.

Italy launches Digital Solidarity campaign to help people cope with COVID-19 lockdown (WEF)

  • Italy’s lockdown means most people are confined at home.
  • Government website encourages companies to offer free online services.
  • E-learning, data and publications available for free.


,  Digital Editor, World Economic Forum

How different countries are approaching coronavirus testing (WEF)

  • Some countries moved more quickly than others to broadly test for COVID-19.
  • While the US had a slow start, testing activity is picking up in a number of states.


, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum

‘Over-reacting is better than non-reacting’ – academics around the world share thoughts on coronavirus (WEF)

  • The World Health Organization has labelled COVID-19 a pandemic.
  • Academic experts recommend public health measures such as ‘social distancing’ to curb the spread.


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, Head of Academic Engagement, World Economic Forum

Advice on fighting COVID-19 from the Red Cross, a chemist and academics around the world: Today’s coronavirus updates (WEF)

Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. In this daily update, we’ve assembled some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information.


, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum