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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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Thu, Mar 26, 2020

WHO rues squandered opportunities; worst day for coronavirus US deaths

CORONAVIRUS ALERT 3/26/2020 The Atlantic Council’s Coronavirus Alert is a regular summary of policy, economic, and business events around the emergency. To stay updated, sign up to the Coronavirus Alert here. Summary:  The World Health Organization (WHO) rebuked governments worldwide for squandering an opportunity to check the spread of coronavirus. Deaths in the United States topped 1,000 […]

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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

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

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US coronavirus stimulus package offers some relief, but economic pain will remain

US lawmakers are near final passage of an unprecedented stimulus package to help the US economy weather the storm of the coronavirus crisis, but that does not mean that all of the economic damage can be prevented. Jason Furman said he was “impressed by how much Washington has done, how quickly it has done it, how comprehensively it has done it,” but added that he is “worried that all of that won’t be enough for…an economy that is shutting down in such an unprecedented way.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

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Sat, Mar 28, 2020

COVID—19’s next target: fragile states and emerging markets

Developed countries – even as they act to save themselves – must shift far greater public health and economic attention to fragile states and emerging markets, where the hit from the virus is likely to be far more devastating, destabilizing, and enduring.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 11: Economy and Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US coronavirus stimulus package offers some relief, but economic pain will remain

US lawmakers are near final passage of an unprecedented stimulus package to help the US economy weather the storm of the coronavirus crisis, but that does not mean that all of the economic damage can be prevented. Jason Furman said he was “impressed by how much Washington has done, how quickly it has done it, how comprehensively it has done it,” but added that he is “worried that all of that won’t be enough for…an economy that is shutting down in such an unprecedented way.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Tanzania’s mild response to COVID-19 and its implications for the 2020 elections

Tanzanian President John Magufuli received widespread criticism as he encouraged the public to continue to attend places of worship, rather than imposing stringent restrictions to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. As the number of cases rise in Dar es Salaam, what will the spread in the city look like? With the upcoming 2020 presidential election, will Magufuli use the COVID-19 outbreak as a pretext for seeking a third term in office?

AfricaSource by Neil Edwards

Africa Coronavirus

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Stories of Resilience: An introduction

Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and the Digital Forensic Research Lab launched a new blog series: Stories of Resilience to bring inspiration, optimism and solutions in times of pandemics.

Stories of Resilience by Adrienne Arsht, Kathy Baughman McLeod, Graham Brookie

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Russia orders tech platforms to remove coronavirus “fake news”

The Russian government has been actively engaged in spreading disinformation and misinformation around the pandemic. The Kremlin has also been active in ordering internet platforms operating in the country to remove coronavirus “fake news” from their platforms, which follows previous Kremlin efforts to crack down on independent internet sites offering legitimate news.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

Coronavirus Disinformation

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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Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus is exacerbating the precarious situation of Syrian refugees and IDPs

As the countries across the world attempt to grapple with the unfolding pandemic, there is a real risk of overlooking the situation of refugees, who due to their living conditions are among the most vulnerable to a serious outbreak. The pandemic comes at a particularly precarious time as the future of Idlib and the EU-Turkey migration deal are in doubt.

MENASource by Pınar Dost

Coronavirus Human Rights

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Leading through the mud

The sacrifices required to defeat the coronavirus do not require mass death. Loose talk of allowing coronavirus to kill people—young as well as old—to advance a politically-driven schedule for an early announcement of success is morally abhorrent.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

How can tech help with crisis responses?

On March 26, 2020 -- Matthew Putman, CEO Nanotronics and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a live video discussion hosted by Michael Krigsman, Founder of CxOTalk on "How Tech Can Help With Crisis Responses?"

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Coronavirus Economy & Business

Events

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

How Russia is handling coronavirus

ONLINE EVENT - 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?

10:00am

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

City leadership & the impacts of COVID-19

MEMBERS AND PRESS CALL EVENT - Cities sit at the center of the long-term solutions needed for societies to become more resilient to crises. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the actions of cities and communities across the globe are bringing a human sense of hope and of pragmatism to a current environment of disruption and uncertainty.

2:00pm

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

South Asia’s economic outlook in the era of COVID-19

ONLINE EVENT - The South Asia Center’s Irfan Nooruddin, Uzair Younus, Dr. Ali Riaz, and the Centre for Policy Research’s Yamini Aiyar host a timely and robust discussion on the long-term ramifications of COVID-19 on the regional South Asian economies.

10:00am