A North and South Overview of the Pandemic

May 2021

It has been over a year since COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the globe – causing a dramatic loss of human life worldwide, devastating economic and social disruptions, and putting half of the world’s global workforce at risk of losing their livelihoods. The pandemic had numerous and contrasting implications around the world, including within the Atlantic basin. Why is it important to transcend the traditional North VS South divide when examining the impacts of the pandemic? How can researchers and policymakers best apprehend and grapple with the uncertainty stemming from new sources of risk, such as global health and climate events? Moving on closer to home, what were some of the measures adopted by the Kingdom of Morocco and how did they affect domestic and international politics? Hajar El Alaoui, Researcher in International Relations at the Policy Center for the New South and co-author of the paper « A North and South Overview of the Pandemic » in the latest flagship Atlantic Currents report answers our questions.


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    Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo
    Bernardo Sorj
    Frannie Léautier
    Iskander Erzini Vernoit
    Kassie Freeman
    Nathalie Delapalme
    J. Peter Pham
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    Isabelle Saint-Mézard
    Françoise Nicolas
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    Sabine Cessou
    February 25, 2022
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    February 3, 2022
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  • Authors
    December 6, 2021
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