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Only investment in public health and prevention-based care, access to medical services for the most vulnerable, and the architecture to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks can prepare the world for future threats like COVID-19, writes @TomBollyky .

How does China's response to the new coronavirus compare to past epidemics? @RSPeckham  discusses how, throughout history, Beijing’s actions during health crises have shaped both domestic and international perceptions of its governance style.

What should an international effort to confront the COVID-19 contagion look like?

Matthew J. Slaughter and Matt Rees present a three-part plan for preventing an economic contraction of historic proportions:

“Experts can only propose; elected leaders dispose. And politicians are very rarely experts on any of the innumerable subjects that come before them for a decision.”

“The strongmen may be getting stronger, but the ideology used to prop up their rule is not.”

Economically, Northern Ireland is in a position similar to Scotland’s—it is a heavily subsidized region with a service-oriented economy. @JyShapiro  discusses how Brexit may push one region toward leaving the United Kingdom and the other toward remaining:

The U.S. administration is contemplating reopening the economy well before the arc of the epidemic has been bent—with potentially disastrous human consequences. Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas explains why this is the wrong approach:

Throughout history, plagues have put a mirror to the societies they afflict, and the novel coronavirus pandemic is no different, writes @TomBollyky .

“For encouraging the nation to sleepwalk into a crisis, Trump does indeed deserve blame. But even more blameworthy has been the president’s assault on U.S. institutions.”


Under Xi, the Chinese political system is becoming ever more closed—making the service provided by the foreign press corps even more valuable. @JEPomfret  discusses the implications of China’s decision to expel some American reporters:

When rising powers have suffered economic slowdowns in the past, they became more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad. China seems to be headed down just such a path, argues Michael Beckley.

China’s need for democratization is endogenous, argues Jiwei Ci. Reform has created a largely democratic society without a complementary democratic polity, and the mismatch will eventually require that the state democratize to preserve its legitimacy.

One million people could die on the first day of any preventive or preemptive war with North Korea.

How Spain's overreaction to the Catalan referendum legitimized the call for independence:

Read @RushDoshi  on the extent of China’s campaign to control the spread of information in Taiwan:

On January 11, Taiwanese voters will elect a new president and parliament. @RushDoshi  discusses China’s efforts to influence the results using a disinformation campaign: