With our international initiatives, global partners, and network of regional and topical experts, GPII is uniquely positioned to assess the many aspects of global crisis. This blog hosts articles from scholars and practitioners – one component of the Addressing Global Crisis Project. Click here to learn more.

From the Ground: Turkish COVID-19 fight

August 4, 2020
Turkey’s cities are back to their daily hurley-burley after most of the restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 were lifted. The return to the old normal, with crowds on the streets, packed public transport and traffic jams, happened so fast that the time when the cities appeared apocalyptically quiet and still during the curfews […]

Oppression, Suppression, Willful blindness: One Artist’s Stand

July 8, 2020
Tell us about yourself in a nutshell. What would you say makes your work unique? I am an interdisciplinary visual artist and UCF Associate professor of studio art. What makes my art unique? I move between disciplines -drawing, sculpture, video and live performance- to best get my points across instead of only working in one […]


What Would “Defunding the Police” Mean for Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts?

June 9, 2020
There is currently a call to “defund” policing agencies to eliminate police brutality and/or use of excessive force. In a June 8, 2020 article, Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, is quoted as saying that, “It’s not just about taking money away from the police, it’s about reinvesting those dollars into black communities. […]

Botswana Tourism Sector Emerges Hard Hit by the Coronavirus Global Pandemic

June 3, 2020
The Botswana tourism sector faces many threats ranging from climate change, humanitarian crisis and health issues, the current Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being a case in point. It does not come as a surprise that the sector has not escaped the brunt of the global pandemic considering that it involves interactions among people. The United […]

The Urban-Rural Disconnect and Impacts of COVID-19 on the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

June 1, 2020
Societal sustainability rests on the three interconnected pillars of water, energy and food, the WEF Nexus. Supply and demand of each must be in balance with the other two or the three-legged stool either wobbles or falls over leading to social and political instability. The ultimate driver of the Nexus is economics, and WEF interactions […]


Gulf Arab States Review Tax Regimes Amid Economic Crisis

May 20, 2020
The emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic and a collapse in oil prices have inflicted acute socioeconomic shocks across Gulf Arab states, which now confront the unenviable prospect of managing prolonged economic downturns. Policymakers must consider controversial measures to cut government expenditures and generate needed revenues. Raising taxes – such as the value-added tax (VAT) and […]

Ecuador and COVID-19: Loss, Struggle, and Reinvention

May 20, 2020
Note: Journalist Veronica Camacho wrote this opinion piece just one day before she learned she lost her job as TV Host at Ecuavisa after working there 15 years. GPII’s Katie Coronado subsequently interviewed her about how it happened and what she will do now that she has been impacted directly by this pandemic. Her responses […]

COVID-19: Isle of Man Response and Issues for the Future for Small States

May 18, 2020
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” How have the Isle of Man and other small states responded to those recent COVID-19 related weeks? The Isle of Man is an island of around 85,000 people and 227 square miles, located in the Irish Sea roughly midway between England, Scotland and Ireland. It is […]

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