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Bologna Institute for Policy Research at SAIS Europe | News and Views

A Kiwi in Europe: The weird, isolating realities of a Covid-19 world


March 25, 2020

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations

Writing from her home in Berlin, Professor Nina Hall shares her personal account of switching to working from home as an academic, and reflects on the changing social norms in Germany, France and Spain following Italy's footsteps.



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Letter: Europe needs a Covid-19 Recovery Programme


March 24, 2020

Simone Tagliapietra, Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment

In a letter to the Financial Times, Professor Tagliapietra et al urge Europe to start discussions on a recovery program to reboot the European economy post-coronavirus. "The crisis is an opportunity for Europe to shape its future. Companies and individuals are adapting daily to the challenge with new and creative solutions. It is now time to debate the future shape of our economies..."



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The Covid-19 outbreak: Italians rise to the occasion


March 23, 2020

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Professor Jones reflects on how Italy has responded to an unprecedented challenge, and how, through a long and costly lesson, Italy is demonstrating what life is like during a global pandemic.



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US and Iran seek gains as coronavirus bites


March 21, 2020

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


As Iran grapples with tackling the coronavirus outbreak, it has sought to ease U.S. sanctions by appealing to China and the UK while the Trump administration has tried to secure the release of U.S. detainees in Iran, says Professor Vakil. "Both the US and the Islamic Republic are using the circumstances to try to extract concessions from each other but it's at the expense of individuals, unfortunately.”



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Why The Remedy May Be Worse Than The Disease


March 20, 2020

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


In a roundup of coronavirus updates around the world, the Jewish Press cites Professor Vakil on the situation in Iran, where "China has turned into a very toxic bomb" after the outbreak was traced back to Qom, a city hosting a number of Chinese-backed infrastructure projects.



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Italy's COVID-19 Lessons for the World


March 20, 2020

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

In his piece for U.S. News, Professor Jones recounts some of the new realities faced in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. "Now the hard work begins as Italians gird themselves for long-lasting restrictions and the rebuilding that will have to follow once the crisis is finally passed."



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Italy Remains Under Lockdown Due To Spread Of COVID-19


March 17, 2020

David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

In an interview with NPR, Professor Unger explains Italy's latest restrictions, how things have progressed since the beginning of March, and how the Italian public has responded to these measures.



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Europe closes and promises billions of euros against crisis (in Portuguese)


March 16, 2020

Alessandro Merli, Associate Fellow

Following strict trade and travel restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak, the EU offers an economic bailout plan to counter the supply and demand shock. Professor Merli says Europe is moving in the right direction, albeit a bit slowly, pointing to Germany's new €600 billion emergency package.



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Strategic Partnership With China Lies at Root of Iran's Coronavirus Outbreak


March 13, 2020

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


Iran has traced the origins of its coronavirus outbreak to the holy city of Qom, where many Chinese-backed infrastructure projects reside. While this strategic partnership with China has helped Iran's economy in the face of U.S. sanctions, "in this case, it has turned into a very toxic bomb," says Professor Vakil.



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Trump's travel ban draws European ire as crisis grows


March 12, 2020

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

President Trump's latest travel ban on Europe, with the exemption of the UK, in an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak, is "bizarre," Professor Erik Jones tells The Hill, describing the measures “an unnecessary aggravation” that could cause some stress on the transatlantic alliance.



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