The rise of new powers and an increase in dissatisfaction among core states already meant that the global liberal order was under challenge. Now the coronavirus pandemic is heightening tensions among the great powers, exposing weaknesses in liberal institutions and creating new demands for international solidarity. As part of our “SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19,” join us as we explore the question: Will the order crumble, or emerge stronger?
- Naazneen H. Barma is associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her work centers on international engagement in developing countries, spanning topics including peacebuilding, foreign aid, and global governance. She is currently a fellow in the Berggruen Institute’s Geopolitics and Globalization program. Barma is a founder and co-director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship. In fall 2020, Barma will join the faculty at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies as director of the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy and Scrivner Chair.
- Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He has authored or edited several books, including The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order (with Charles Edel, 2019), American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump (2018), and Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order (2016), Brands served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Planning from 2015 to 2016.
- Henry Farrell, moderator, is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, 2019 winner of the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology, and Editor in Chief of the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post. He works on a variety of topics, including democracy, the politics of the Internet, and international and comparative political economy. He is author of Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Fight over Freedom and Security (with Abraham Newman, 2019) and The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation (2009).
About SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19
As coronavirus spreads across the country and around the globe, we are facing a crisis not just in healthcare, but also in how we live, work, learn, engage, and come together to govern ourselves as citizens and in communities.
How do the politics of the pandemic shape the way individual, communities, and institutions respond? Likewise, how does institutional and governmental response to the pandemic shape people’s political views and behaviors? Do people trust what their governments are telling them? Why are some countries controlling the spread of the virus better than others? In the U.S., how will this affect the 2020 elections? And how do we practice social distancing and also protect and promote civic engagement and inclusive discourse?
SNF Agora Institute will host a series of webcast conversations, with experts from Johns Hopkins University and beyond, that will explore the political and policy implications of COVID-19.