CIC director Sarah Cliffe was interviewed on this week's episode of Monocle's "The Foreign Desk" podcast, to discuss the role of multilateral organizations in the COVID-19 response.
"Typically, health issues have been one of the areas of strength of multilateral action," Cliffe told the show's host, Andrew Mueller. "Most secretary-generals and heads of other big organizations want to see a response to crises that joins different approaches."
Listen to the full podcast episode at Monocle here.
France24 reported on a statement by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, published after the first cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country.
The commission, of which CIC senior fellow Hanny Megally is a member, stated that "nurses, doctors and medical volunteers have been attacked, detained and disappeared by parties to the conflict," and that "all attacks on medical providers, facilities, hospitals, and first responders must cease immediately."
In Foreign Policy, Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project director Barnett Rubin calls on the US to maintain aid to Afghanistan to keep the peace process alive amid the impact of COVID-19.
"The impact on Afghanistan of coronavirus in the United States may rival or exceed that of the breakup of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991," Rubin writes."A complete drawdown of U.S. aid and military support for the Afghan government could well lead the country to collapse."
The Daily Maverick covered a new report by CIC's Congo Research Group about South African support for the Inga III hydroelectric project.
"The authors of I Need You, I Don’t Need You conclude that because buying Inga III power doesn’t make economic sense, Pretoria’s commitment appears to be based mainly on foreign policy reasons, including solidarity with the continent," the article observes.
CIC senior fellow David Steven and non-resident fellow Alex Evans co-authored a piece in World Politics Review about the need for collective global action in response to COVID–19.
"The outbreak has hit at a time when the international order’s immune system is badly compromised," they write, calling for a shared global response not only to the public health emergency, but to the second-order social and economic impacts of the crisis.
The Wall Street Journal quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin in an article about the political standoff over the outcome of Afghan elections.
"The current political impasse is potentially fatal for Afghanistan," Rubin said. "It shows that the constitution is failing at its most basic task: legitimating a head of state and commander in chief."
National Public Radio (NPR) quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin in a piece about the negotiations between Afghan officials and the Taliban expected to begin this week.
"They want to indicate that they still have the capacity to fight if their demands are not met," Rubin said. "And they have the additional incentive that President Ghani said that he will refuse to release the prisoners before the talks start. So escalating militarily is a way of trying to put pressure on him to soften his position."