The nearly two-year long pandemic has taught the world a myriad of things. From a global health perspective, one critical fact has been highlighted: the virus transcends national borders. With the world becoming increasingly globalised and interconnected, experts predict that it is only a matter of time before the next global health crisis emerges. How then, can world leaders and international stakeholders step up to the rising challenges surrounding global health to secure the health of nations?
COVID-19 has exposed how interconnected our world has become. Even though the virus first appeared in China, it has eventually become a global pandemic. While leadership and cooperation are most needed during this time, the pandemic has further pushed them towards adopting protectionist policies. Though we have emerged out of many crises in the past, will we be able to do so again?
As COVID-19 disrupts the operations of governments and businesses, technology can be utilised to bridge these gaps. This is an opportunity for governments to strengthen and empower their digital infrastructure. But we must ensure that safeguards are in place to protect our data and privacy rights.
The pandemic has had countries scrambling for masks and trying to contain the virus. Foreign policy has turned into a key area of competition, exacerbated by globalisation. What can the world take away from the actions of superpowers in this trying time, and what will the future look like once this is over?
As the COVID-19 pandemic presses on, it is inevitable that we try to find someone to blame for this health crisis. However, when such a major crisis breaks out in our complex international system, simply pointing our finger at one party is too simple.
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated life as we know it. From innumerable fatalities to the rise of racist attacks, nationalist movements and widening inequality, the pandemic has ushered in a completely new “normal”. Interestingly, world democracy levels have also reportedly declined over the past year. Is this a coincidence? The IAS Gazette investigates possible links to unveil the hidden cracks within democratic regimes.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in one way or another. However, one particular group proves to be vulnerable to the virus — the homeless. The pandemic has shed more light on the issue of homelessness, signalling that much more needs to be done. The IAS Gazette examines the homeless population in Singapore and in other parts of the world, to see how they have been impacted by the virus.
China has mounted a global campaign to develop and share its vaccines in a venture termed as ‘vaccine diplomacy’. Should countries be wary of possible strings attached to participating in the venture, or do the benefits of an effective vaccine outweigh the costs?
Owning the latest electronic gadgets or having unfettered internet access at home may seem to be common or ordinary to many of us. Yet, in today’s digital age, millions of people globally remain disconnected and have no access to electronic devices. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted this divide – Why does this divide still exist? What can society do to bridge this digital gap? The IAS Gazette endeavours to answer these questions in this article.