The coronavirus has sparked multiple pandemics that are not only occurring simultaneously but are also reinforcing each other in their detrimental effects. According to the democracy index V-DEM, in the fourth quarter of 2020, the coronavirus responses of 69 countries violated democratic standards. Because of increases in the number of people projected to be pushed into extreme poverty by COVID-19 and the growth of illicit economies, one may no longer speak of one pandemic only. Instead, we should speak of a “polypandemic.” How will the world meet these growing crises as it continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic? To answer this question and more, join Orbis Editor Nick Gvosdev and article author Sophie Eisentraut. New York University’s Carolyn Kissane will join the conversation also to discuss the article in the Spring 2021 Issue of Orbis and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that go beyond the disease itself.
Carolyn Kissane - Dr. Carolyn Kissane serves as the Academic Director of the graduate program in Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs and is a Clinical Associate Professor where she teaches graduate-level courses examining the geopolitics of energy, comparative energy politics, energy, environment, and resource security, a regional course focusing on Central Asia.