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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…

Lockdown challenges – what evolution tells us about our need for personal space

Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home for long periods with a small group of people – even those we love best – can become frustrating. One key to understanding why constant contact with our family feels so unusual comes from looking…

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…

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…

Clouded thinking in Washington and Beijing on COVID-19 crisis

This article from the Brookings Institute highlights how difficult domestic situations in both China and the United States is encouraging more nationalistic and ‘wolf-warrior’ diplomacy in their dealings with each other. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/05/04/clouded-thinking-in-washington-and-beijing-on-covid-19-crisis/?utm_campaign=Brookings%20Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=87470595

Financial decision-maker sentiment during the COVID-19 pandemic: A global perspective

Solving the COVID 19 humanitarian challenge is obviously the first priority. Much remains to be done globally to respond and recover, but this collection of articles and research from Mckinsey & Company seeks to track financial decision-maker sentiment and behaviour across multiple countries to provide facts and insight. https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/financial-services/our-insights/financial-decision-maker-sentiment-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Reading the COVID-19 Market

Lord Jim O’Neill, Baron O’Neill of Gatley, Chair of Chatham House recently wrote an article exploring whether equity markets are correct in defying the popular narrative about a coming Great Depression-scale downturn. This interesting article was published by Project Syndicate and is provided here:https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/covid19-economic-implications-stock-market-prices-by-jim-o-neill-2020-04 Lord Jim O’Neill, also kindly conducted an exclusive video interview with Roddy Gow, Chairman Asia…

Winning against COVID-19: The implications for biopharma

This article from Mckinsey & Company considers the biopharma sector and highlights how biopharma companies act individually and collectively in the coming weeks and months will not only shape the outcome of the pandemic, but also the reputation of the biopharma industry for decades. It explains how the world is looking to biopharma and the…

American Factory boss says pandemic will change China’s role in global supply chain

Continuing the Institute’s look at potential changes to global value and supply chains as a result of coronavirus. Frank Tang cites Cao Dewang, the Chinese owner of the Fuyao Glass America factory, who says countries will cut their reliance on Chinese manufacturing after the coronavirus, in an article published in the South Morning China Post.…