We are bringing back one of the most popular speakers the Council has ever had, David Rennie, The Economist magazine. In conversation with Robyn Curnow, CNN Anchor.
Three years ago, the Council had the pleasure to bring David to Atlanta when he was The Economist’s Washington Bureau Chief. Now, as the Beijing Bureau Chief, David will join us for a Zoom chat to share first-hand insights of how the coronavirus outbreak developed from China, ground zero of the pandemic, to a devastating scenario around the globe.
He will shed some light on how China is getting back to normality as new COVID-19 cases still arise and his analysis of how this pandemic may shift the dynamics of the global political economy.
Special thanks to David Rennie for agreeing to stay up so late in China so we can catch up with him during Atlanta’s business hours.
Extremists from across the political spectrum have been exploiting COVID-19. Crisis are the perfect episode for them to capitalize as leaves a vacuum in the political space for them to fill with misinformation or exacerbate people’s fears of the other. These groups may even take credit for unfortunate events for which they are not responsible. The Anti-Defamation League and the FBI both have warned about the potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans because of this pandemic. Politicization of the virus, such as calling it the “Wuhan flu,” have led to actual cases of hate crimes throughout the country.
It is closer than you think: a sign reading “Wuhan Plague” was spotted in the Atlanta Beltline
“Their instinct to capitalize on people’s misery and suffering is consistent across the ideological spectrum, from right-wing extremists to violent jihadists” says Dr. Mia Bloom, Professor at Georgia State University. Dr. Bloom, an expert in terrorism and violent extremism, will share her analysis of how this health crisis is serving extremists groups to recruit new followers who may perceive them as more capable or more honest than their own governments.
COVID-19 is ravaging Iran. So are US sanctions.
Tehran’s initial response to COVID-19 was disastrous. As a result, Iran is the country in the Middle East most affected by this pandemic. At the same time, despite exemptions, U.S. sanctions are jeopardizing international efforts to deliver medical supplies and humanitarian goods to a country that was already under economic hardship prior to the pandemic.
In Washington, President Trump has resisted international calls for easing sanctions on Iran during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani has refused to ask for aid from the U.S. as long as the U.S. continues the “extreme pressure” campaign that includes economic sanctions against Iran. The losers? The Iranian people who suffer from the broken Iranian economy, from the U.S. sanctions and now from this global pandemic.
A silver lining from COVID-19?
There is no one better than Ambassador Thomas Pickering to shed light on how COVID-19 could provide the chance for both nations to adopt a new approach that can mitigate the suffering, avoid military conflict, and end what seems to be a zero-sum game.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering last served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third highest post in the U.S. State Department, and as ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan.
In 2019, The UPS Foundation responded to 28 major world disasters and sprang into action by providing in-kind support of humanitarian aid and relief across 74 countries resulting in almost $6.5 million worth of in-kind services.
The Foundation loaned out experts and relief shipments which leveraged UPS’s global network in the air, on the ground, by rail, and on the ocean.
Then COVID-19 hit the world.
Join us for a timely conversation with Ed Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation & UPS Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, as he shares how The UPS Foundation is navigating through this unprecedented global health crisis and providing critical support to communities around the world.