Pandemic Readings

Many articles, papers, reports, books, videos and podcasts are being published about the pandemic crises. These are our choice of those that, to borrow from the Guide Michelin, “vaut le détour”.

Council on Foreign Relations Task Force report, Improving Pandemic Preparedness, October 2020

A deep and comprehensive report focusing particularly on America

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Munich Security Conference report Polypandemic: Special Edition on Development, Fragility and Conflict in the Era of Covid-19, November 2020

A report by Germany’s top forum on debating international security, which recognises the multi-faceted nature of the crises provoked or reinforced by the pandemic

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International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), The Strategic and Geo-Economic Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic

A thorough study by IISS staff on global issues as well as those of special interest for the Gulf and Middle East, published alongside the Manama Dialogue, December 4-6 2020

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The Lancet Covid-19 Commission, statement issued September 14th, 2020, on the occasion of the UN General Assembly

A blue-riband global group focusing on health, humanitarian, economic and SDG (UN Sustainable Development Goal) issues in the wake of the pandemic

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Siddhartha Mukherjee, our Commissioner, in the New Yorker, What the Coronavirus reveals about American medicine, May 4th 2020

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Francois Heisbourg, our Commissioner, in IISS Survival, From Wuhan to the World: How the Pandemic will Shape Geopolitics, May 11th 2020

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Adam Roberts, our advisor, Balliol College, Oxford, also in IISS Survival, Pandemics and politics, September 25th 2020

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Asia-Pacific Initiative, chaired by our Commissioner Yoichi Funabashi, report of The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to Covid 19, released in English translation on January 8th

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Nicholas Christakis’s book, Apollo’s Arrow is the best comprehensive, expert study so far on the pandemic and how it stands to change the way we live. It is available from Amazon (of course!) but we also appreciated the historian Niall Ferguson’s review in the Times Literary Supplement, October 30th 2020

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