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From MERS to COVID-19: The South Korean Journey

January 12, 2020

Emma Rogers The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant South Korean public health crisis of the twenty-first century. However, this nation is no stranger to infectious respiratory diseases. Between March and July 2015, South Korea saw 186 cases and thirty-eight...

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Efficiency and its Limits – Singapore’s Covid-19 Response

January 11, 2020

Katie Kwang Globally, Covid-19 has served as a stress test for societies and governments. Once the darling of international media outlets, Singapore’s initial success in controlling the pandemic was followed by the virulent spread of disease among migrant workers. The...

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Pandemic in the Land of a Thousand Hills: Rwanda and COVID-19

January 10, 2020

Cheikh Ameth Tidiane Diop Rwanda’s COVID-19 story involves success and solidarity but at the price of democracy in the hands of an authoritarian government. As of 1 June, Rwanda had 377 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one related death, which...

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Jon Lindsay in The Toronto Star: On Canada probing the recent Ukraine International Airline flight crash

January 10, 2020

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/01/09/as-canada-looks-to-probe-plane-crash-we-are-paying-for-past-decisions.html

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Setting the precedent in unprecedented times: The “Taiwan model” for combatting COVID-19

January 9, 2020

Elizabeth Shaw The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated Taiwan’s visibility on the world stage. Its fast response times, open communication, and public trust have led other countries look towards mimicking Taiwan’s unique model of combatting the virus, which as of June...

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Just One Step Behind: Analyzing the Italian Government’s Response to COVID-19

January 8, 2020

Martina Facchin Overtaking China’s COVID-19 death rate by mid-March, Italy was the first European country to feel the pandemic’s full-blown effects. As the country moves into Phase 3 of reopening, there have been a total of 250,000 confirmed cases and...

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Israel’s Response to COVID-19: Pitfalls of a Political Pandemic

January 7, 2020

Astrid Ling As the COVID-19 crisis developed, Israel responded with immediate and decisive action that mitigated infection and saved lives. However, an early model for many, Israel’s response has unraveled over the past four months. The country’s unique emergency powers...

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Amidst Political and Economic Turmoil, Iran’s COVID-19 Response Signals the Dangers of Deprioritizing Public Health

January 6, 2020

Hui Wen Zheng In late February, a video circulated online showing the Iranian deputy health minister in a news conference sweating profusely with what would later be confirmed as a case of COVID-19. It served as an early indicator of...

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Ghana: Testing Innovations Against Economic Limitations

January 6, 2020

Andrew Yin On 19 April, Ghana became the first African country to lift its coronavirus lockdown, which lasted for twenty-one days in Accra and Kumasi. Since then, the country has recorded thousands of new cases. However, its death rate remains...

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All you need to know about the Master of Public Policy Degree

January 5, 2020

The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is highly interdisciplinary, bridging the spheres of domestic policy and international or global policy in order to address the complex issues facing modern governments and...

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