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All Things Policy: SARS-CoV-2 and the Biological Weapons Convention

Most scientists have rubbished the idea that the novel coronavirus is a biological weapon. Their position could be bolstered by having the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) to investigate the virus. Why hasn’t this happened? Shambhavi Naik joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the BWC, its limitations, and what needs to be...

All Things Policy: Spying on your Neighbour

Governments are advocating for social pressure to ensure compliance with lockdowns. Is this wise? And should social media play a role? Prateek Waghre talks to Mira Swaminathan and Shubhika Saluja from The Center for Internet and Society about their work on ‘Lateral Surveillance’ and its consequences. Watching Corona or Neighbours?...

All Things Policy: Intervention Using Tech

Technology touches almost every aspect of our daily life. But what’s the use of it during a pandemic? In this episode, Rohan Seth talks to Prateek Waghre, Sapni G Krishna and Utkarsh Narain about the use of technologies such as Bluetooth and GPS to tackle the challenge of social distancing,...

All Things Policy: Economic Stimulus for Post-COVID India

Rupees twenty lakh crore. That’s the size of the stimulus package promised by the government. But how will it work? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan do a deep dive into the government’s plan and look at whether it’s the economic medicine India needs amid a pandemic.

All Things Policy: Putin’s Pandemics

Today, Vladimir Putin’s Russia faces its most serious threat since its annexation of Crimea in 2014. COVID-19 has spread rapidly, placing enormous strains on its public health system. Russia’s economy is in lockdown. The vote on Putin’s presidential future has been postponed. What do all these challenges mean for Russia’s...

All Things Policy: Preparing for the Second Wave

With India easing restrictions on the movement of people, is it possible that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over? Unfortunately, no. There’s a long way to go before we can be sure of that. Shambhavi Naik, Sunila Dixit, and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss how to prepare India’s healthcare systems...

All Things Policy: Improving India’s Testing Capacity

With barely 300 tests per million people, India, the world’s most populous country, has a long way to go before it has a clear picture of the way COVID-19 is spreading. Dr. Shambhavi Naik joins Anirudh Kanisetti to unpack the bottlenecks in the availability of testing kits and their deployment...

All Things Policy: India’s Post-COVID Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a lasting impact on the global order. While Sino-US competition is expected to accelerate, middle powers like India could enjoy greater bargaining capabilities with both of them. But making the best of this will require India to undertake much-needed reforms. Listen in as...

All Things Policy: The Virus Ravages West Asia

COVID-19 is taking a terrible human toll in West Asia even as it re-wires the region’s geopolitics in surprising ways. Prateek Waghre talks to Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan about what India needs to do to minimize the risks to itself and seize new opportunities for cooperation.

All Things Policy: When Will We Get A Vaccine

What are the challenges in developing a vaccine for Covid-19? How soon can we have one? And what if there is none? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit join Aditya Ramanathan to talk about the treacherous path to a safe and effective vaccine.
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