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In developing countries, communities and primary care providers—not hospitals—hold the key to successful pandemic response

In this article originally published by the Brookings Institute, its author Nachiket Mor explains how across the developing world, pandemic policy responses so far have tried to replicate the typical developed country strategy: social distancing coupled with national lockdowns, quarantining suspected cases in centralized locations, and increasing hospital capacity of hospitals by shoring up their…

The Belt and Road Initiative: Economic Development for All or a Geopolitical Power Play?

Irrespective of the economic outcomes, the Belt and Road Initiative has created a new core–periphery relationship in China’s favour. This article was originally published by the Royal United Services Institute (rusi.org.uk) and the author is Dr Andrew G Ross. He is a Lecturer in International Business at Edinburgh Napier University and a Fellow of the…

Preventing violent extremism during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article from the Brookings Institute, by Eric Rosand, Khalid Koser, and Lilla Schumicky-Logan is part of their ‘Order from Chaos’ series. While the world’s attention appropriately focuses on the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, the threat of violent extremism remains, and has in some circumstances been exacerbated during the crisis. The moment demands…

Turning back the Poverty Clock: How will COVID-19 impact the world’s poorest people?

In this Brookings article by Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel originally published in the Brookings Future Development series, they explain their logic for extreme global poverty rising by about 50 million people in 2020 but cautioning that this estimate remains in the middle of a wider range estimated by a team of World Bank economists.…

The unreal dichotomy in COVID-19 mortality between high-income and developing countries

In this article from the Brookings Institute, authors Philip Schellekens and Diego Sourrouille explore where the burden of mortality arising from COVID 19 will fall in the future. Here’s a striking statistic: Low-income and lower-middle income countries (LICs and LMICs) account for almost half of the global population but they make up only 2 percent…

The geopolitics of easing Covid lockdowns

As numerous countries gradually emerge from nearly two months of Covid-19 quarantines, many citizens will struggle to transition from lockdown limbo to the “new” normal and its accompanying realities. Political necessity, public pressure and economic survival demand the start of a re-opening process – and where reasonably possible, at a progressively elevated pace. However, the brutal…

Pakistan’s dangerous capitulation to the religious right on the coronavirus

The religious right in Pakistan has long influenced the country’s government and is doing so amid this COVID-19 pandemic, explains Madiha Afzal. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Perform your ablutions at home. Bring your own prayer mats, place them six feet apart. Wear masks. Use the provided hand sanitizer. No handshakes or…

Iran’s corona-diplomacy The Rouhani administration’s miscalculated efforts to get sanctions lifted

Tehran has tried to use the present coronavirus crisis to improve its international position. Now, amid the pandemic, the Iranian government’s campaign against Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions has yielded important international support, but the Rouhani administration still seems to misread the White House. This article by Ali-Fatholla Nejad and Amin Naeni and published by the…

The Developing World: The Bigger COVID-19 Disaster in the Making

This article was originally published by the Centre for Global Policy on 6 May and the author is Dr Azeem Ibrahim. As damaging as the COVID-19 pandemic has been in China and the West, it is set to devastate developing countries through death tolls, economic hardships and instability.  The news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic…