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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

200,000 US deaths mooted even in best case; WHO urges long haul

Deaths from coronavirus in the United States could reach 200,000 even in a best-case scenario, said The White House’s coronavirus coordinator. A hospital ship arrived in New York to ease pressure on local hospitals. The world faces a long-term battle with the virus, the World Health Organization warned.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Trump extends coronavirus restrictions after grim forecast by Fauci

US President Donald J. Trump extended travel restrictions through April 30 after expert Dr. Anthony S. Fauci predicted that the US death toll from coronavirus could be as high as 200,000 people. Cases worldwide continued to rise, albeit at a slower pace. More senior figures in the UK government were affected by the virus.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus toll doubles in a week; British prime minister tests positive

The number of recorded coronavirus cases and deaths has more than doubled in the past week, with the death toll approaching 25,000 people. The pace of casualties has been even higher, with hot spots emerging in a handful of states beyond New York, the epicenter of the US outbreak. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first world leader to test positive for coronavirus.

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From the Africa Center

As the novel coronavirus spreads across Africa, experts from the Africa Center respond to the pandemic’s wide-ranging implications.

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Atlantic Council events on coronavirus

As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold across the globe, questions are increasingly being asked about the veracity of official Russian infection statistics and response. What will the pandemic mean for Putin’s policies at home and abroad?

On March 3, Ukraine confirmed its first case of the coronavirus and cases have steadily climbed since. How has the Ukrainian government responded so far, what does it need to do next, and what should we expect?

A videoconference on Latin America’s responses to the COVID-19, the outbreak’s implications for the region, and the next steps as the pandemic continues.

A virtual town hall on the impacts of the coronavirus “infodemic” on public trust and institutions.

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

The EU and the impact of the Coronavirus

11:30am Washington DC

Rachel Donadio, Contributing Writer at the Atlantic Magazine, Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Institute of International Affairs in Rome, and Giovanna De Maio, visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution share their perspectives on the current state of the COVID-19 crisis on the European continent, Italy’s response to the crisis, and its political and economic implications for the European Union.

A timely series of panels on the geopolitical and economic implications of the coronavirus, as well as the effects of disinformation on this global crisis, featuring former US government officials Tom Bossert, Barry Pavel, Rebecca Gustafson, and Graham Brookie.

As part of a wide-ranging discussion hosted at the Council, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien discussed the impacts of coronavirus on the US-China relationship.

Press call

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: Oil market meltdown: Price wars, coronavirus, and energy geopolitics

Last week’s breakdown of OPEC+ meetings in Vienna has turned a demand side driven decline in oil prices caused by the impacts of Coronavirus into an oil price war between two oil producing giants, with US shale production the ostensible target. If the standoff continues, however, the price war might ultimately do more harm to the Saudi and Russian economies. With increasing uncertainty about the depth of Coronavirus’ impact on global growth, the price war might also contribute to a sharp decline in the global economy. Helima Croft, David L. Goldwyn, Jean-Francois Seznec, Anders Aslund, and Randolph Bell discuss ongoing market volatility, the origins of the crisis, what’s next for US shale, and the implications of it all for energy and geopolitics

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Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: The global, domestic, and local impacts of the coronavirus on economies, risk, and communities

As the coronavirus continues to infect patients at a rapid rate, global markets have been jolted and local communities are being forced to take extraordinary measures to limit the spread of the virus. What is the latest on the US response? How will China’s economy—the world’s second largest—be impacted in the short- and long-term? What do businesses need to be thinking about as they confront a possible pandemic? And how are local communities in the US preparing? Thomas Bossert, Leland Miller, Chris Snider, James Murley, and Kathy Baughman McLeod​​​​​​​ unpack the latest on the response to the coronavirus and its deepening impacts.

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Commentary and analysis

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

The coronavirus economic crisis: Supporting the weak links

In the present pandemic crisis, major countries have moved more quickly, offering more substantial monetary and fiscal support packages, including better targeted programs than in 2008-09. The challenge now is to quickly deliver the help to the weak entities which need liquidity the most. After all, any system is only as strong as its weakest link.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Defusing Bangladesh’s COVID-19 time bomb

Bangladesh has a health crisis in the making. The lack of preparation in the United States and Europe that has spawned the ongoing crisis there still exceeds the preparedness of developing countries such as Bangladesh, which will have to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with limited financial resources and a legacy of poor healthcare infrastructure, especially for the urban poor.

New Atlanticist by Irfan Nooruddin and Rudabeh Shahid

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights the unique challenges of North African countries

It is important to monitor the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, its effects on each North Africa system, and the debate between government elites and masses to better understand the situation in these countries and the long-term implications of the health crisis.

MENASource by Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Emily Burchfield, and Zineb Riboua

Algeria Coronavirus

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Sun, Apr 5, 2020

Trump lacks options in oil price war; Kissinger warns of “world on fire”

President Trump doesn’t have good options. He lacks easy leverage over the players, domestic and international, and he’s got even less control over the COVID —19 economic hit. In the end, it is more likely that a U.S. government bailout will save the industry, rather than a global market intervention.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Apr 4, 2020

Ukraine adds political drama to coronavirus crisis

Ukraine experienced a month of political turbulence in March 2020 as the country grappled with cabinet reshuffles amid an escalating coronavirus crisis. Who emerged as the political winners and losers?

UkraineAlert by Brian Mefford

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions

Sat, Apr 4, 2020

Coronavirus crisis could spark authoritarian revival

The Western world has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis while non-democratic regimes claim to have acted more decisively. Will the pandemic lead to greater support for authoritarian approaches?

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Coronavirus Eastern Europe

Sat, Apr 4, 2020

A new “Asian drama”: Will COVID-19 destroy the progress against poverty eradication and human development in South and East Asia?

With weak health systems and crowded living conditions, the chances of wide-spread pandemic is very high. If COVID-19 is not brought under control quickly, despite all the progress in medicine and healthcare since 1918, the number of deaths may rise rapidly. Governments are responding with lockdowns, more health spending, and fiscal and monetary packages for economic life-support—but with weak social safety nets millions will have fallen back into poverty

New Atlanticist by Ajay Chhibber

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

China’s failing coronavirus strategy

While it is too early to understand the impact of the coronavirus on geopolitics, it is not too early to recognize China as a rising power that is aggressive, opportunistic, and susceptible to mistakes.

New Atlanticist by Joe Bodnar

China Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

The coronavirus infodemic in Latin America will cost lives

Disinformation and misinformation, especially circulating within the biggest economy in Latin America (Brazil) and the country with the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the hemisphere (Venezuela), can foment national catastrophes that will be felt well beyond the realms of the online information space and national borders.

New Atlanticist by Roberta Braga and Diego Area

Brazil Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Nooruddin and Shahid’s New Atlanticist post on COVID-19 in Bangladesh reviewed by The Dhaka Tribune, “An overview of the scale of Bangladesh’s Covid-19 crisis”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Oman’s handling of the coronavirus

Muscat is very quiet two weeks after stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by the newly formed Supreme Committee. Oman acted early and barred entry to travelers from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy on March 2, but government calls for social distancing were not having the desired effect. Days later, the […]

MENASource by Marc J. Sievers

Coronavirus Middle East

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Pressure mounts on Trump to ease sanctions on Iran amid COVID-19 outbreak

Members of Congress, world leaders, international organizations, editorial boards, and civil society activists are calling on the Trump administration to lift sanctions on Iran, at least temporarily, while the country fights the coronavirus pandemic.

IranSource by Negar Mortazavi

Coronavirus Iran

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Can coronavirus achieve elusive unity in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Their initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak shows that even the staunchest opponents of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unity are capable of working within its institutions and putting the public interest before their ethno-political ambitions. Now they only need to be willing to do so outside of the threat of a global pandemic.

New Atlanticist by Semir Dzebo and Shelby Magid

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy


Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Impacto económico y social del COVID-19 en Colombia

EVENTO EN LÍNEA - ¿Que está haciendo el gobierno, el sector privado y la sociedad civil en Colombia para contrarrestar los efectos económicos y sociales de la actual emergencia de salud pública? ¿Cómo puede Colombia proteger la vida de sus ciudadanos y, al mismo, tiempo, prevenir una crisis económica?

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