Crisis, Security, and COVID-19

Part of our webcast series, "SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19"

Webcast recording

The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly changed the way nations interact with each other and function internally. COVID-19 reshuffles alliances, shifts power dynamics, and changes how governments, security institutions, and violent actors interact with citizens. Join the SNF Agora Institute and Johns Hopkins SAIS for a discussion about how this global crisis is transforming both internal and international dynamics in the U.S, Latin America, and Asia.


  • Eduardo Moncada is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. His research focuses broadly on the political economy of criminal violence. He is author of Cities, Business, and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America (2016).
  • Sarah Parkinson is the Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research examines organizational behavior and social change during and following war. Focusing predominantly on the Middle East and North Africa, she uses social network analysis and ethnographic methods to study the ways that actors such as militant organizations, political parties, and humanitarian groups cope with crisis, disruption, and fragmentation.
  • Mira Rapp-Hooper is Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow at the China Center at Yale Law School. Her work explores national security and strategy issues in Asia, including great power competition, alliances, nuclear issues, and territorial disputes; the implications of China’s rise for the international order; and the future of American strategy toward Asia and China. She is author of Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances (2020).
  • Eugene Finkel, moderator, is an associate professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His research focuses on how institutions and individuals respond to extreme situations: violence, state collapse, and rapid change. He is author of Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust(2017) and co-author of Reform and Rebellion in Weak States (with Scott Gehlbach, 2019).