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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: 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: 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: The PLA and Covid-19

China claims its military has been unscathed by the novel coronavirus pandemic despite being part of the containment effort. Could this claim be true? Aditya Ramanathan talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the PLA and China’s plans for military modernisation.

All Things Policy: The Hashtag Pandemic

Who is to blame for Covid-19? It depends on who you ask, and it might depend on which country’s information operations they have been exposed to on social media. As hashtags duke it out on Twitter, Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to Manoj Kewalramani and Prateek Waghre to understand the information ecosystem...

All Things Policy: India’s Neighbours and Covid

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been dealing with the global pandemic in their own ways. In this episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane and Suyash Desai talk about how India’s neighbours have responded and the role of SAARC and BIMSTEC in facilitating cooperation.

All Things Policy: WHO and the Pandemic

Did the WHO mishandle the SARS-Cov-2 outbreak? Should it have raised the alarm earlier and declared it a pandemic? Suyash Desai and Nischitha Suresh tell Manoj Kewalramani why believe the WHO messed up and how states use international organizations for their own purpose.

All Things Policy: COVID and China’s Economy

How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted China’s economy? Are we likely to see a swift recovery or a lengthy period of stops and starts? And what’s likely to be the impact on the global trading order? Manoj Kewalramani discusses all this and more with the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Nick Marro.

All Things Policy: Pakistan’s Pandemic Politics

Why do we know so little about how the coronavirus pandemic is hurting Pakistan? In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane, Sarthak Pradhan and Sakshi Arora discuss Takshashila’s new strategic assessment of Covid-19’s impact on Pakistan, and the political dynamics shaping the crisis.
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