The current global pandemic has dramatic implications for our lives, for global economics, and for geopolitics. Many of us are confined to our own homes for the next few weeks. Each day brings more uncertainty, especially surrounding the potential long-term effects the virus may have on multiple aspects. It will certainly have profound transformational effects on economics, geopolitics, and society.
Global dialogue is more necessary than ever at this time: global challenges indeed require international cooperation, not just national responses.
DOC’s work is structured around three main spheres: Economics, Geopolitics, and Cultures & Civilizations. Our analysis of the Covid-19 crisis is no exception.
DOC is pleased to announce its new webinar series:
Global pandemic: The way forward
Scenarios for transformational change
Throughout the month of April, the DOC will hold three webinars with speakers from around the world exploring the consequences of the coronavirus crisis and its potential transformational effects longer-term. Each webinar will focus on one of the three spheres that the DOC specialises in.
Features of the webinar series
Each webinar will feature three speakers from various regions of the world discussing the potential impact that the crisis may have on their particular sphere and longer-term scenario. Look out for our promotional videos before each webinar that will give a brief introduction to the topics – after watching the video please submit any preliminary questions to firstname.lastname@example.org to see them answered live during the webinar. We will also be dedicating time during the webinar to answer your questions in real time.
As is common for the DOC, we expect participants to join us from all over the world. Advance registration is necessary.
1. Thursday 9 April at 1pm CEST: Economics and the threat of global recession with Jomo Kwame Sundaram, James K. Galbraith, and Vladimir Popov
- Depression and recovery forecasted
- Emerging economic models – analysing crisis impact
- Global supply chains explained
- Production, trade, and work – imagining a post-crisis world
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development.
James K. Galbraith is an economist and professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, former advisor to the Sanders presidential campaign.
Vladimir Popov is a former senior advisor at the UN dept. for Economic and Social Affairs and current research director at the DOC.
2. Tuesday 21 April at 1pm CEST: Geopolitics after the pandemic: Time for a reset?
with Wang Huiyao, Shada Islam and Suresh Prabhu
- Prospects for cross-border cooperation or closed-border nationalism
- International relations ‘reset’ – hopes for crisis-induced renewal
- Assessments of global alliances
Dr Wang Huiyao is the President and Co-Founder of the Center for China and Globalization.
Shada Islam is the Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe.
Suresh Prabhu is India’s Sherpa to the G20.
3. Wednesday 29 April at 1pm CEST: Culture, civilisations, and humanity in dialogue
with KJ Alphons, Ruben Vardanyan and Hakima Al Haité
- Crisis provocations – the point of departure for a new narrative on humanity
- Existential questions – the likely consequences for cooperative dialogue among cultures
KJ Alphons is the former Minister of Culture of India, member of Indian Parliament.
Ruben Vardanyan is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, and co-founder of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.
Hakima Al Haité is a climate change scientist and politician, President of International Liberal former Vice President of the COP21 and former Minister of Environment in Morocco.
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