How to Prevent Future Shortages in the Medical Supply Chain

By Tyler Parmelee The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on several vulnerabilities throughout American society, from dismantled state unemployment systems and chronically underfunded school districts to fragile service sector employment and a lackluster social safety net. One particular vulnerability could have uniquely devastating consequences during future crises if left unaddressed: the U.S. health care... Continue Reading →

Putin’s Russia is Approaching its High-Water Mark, and He Shot the Post-War World Order Getting There

By Jacob Levitan  The television or the refrigerator is the Soviet twist on Rome’s panem et circenses method of placating the people. The regime can offer either thrilling television of Russia’s exploits or provide a full refrigerator, but not both. Since the Arab Spring, Russian TVs have shown Russian forces challenging the U.S.-led, rules-based world... Continue Reading →

A Conversation About Nagorno-Karabakh

By Mary Hopkins and Jacob Levitan On Nov. 10, 2020, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders met in Moscow to sign a Russian-mediated ceasefire that ended the 2nd Nagorno-Karabakh War. One year on, two Johns Hopkins SAIS organizations -- the Global Security and Conflict Management Club and the Central Asia and Caucasus Club -- organized a panel... Continue Reading →

China’s Power Scarcity – Short Pain or Structural Crisis? 中国电荒——阵痛还是结构性危机?

By Cheng Rui 成睿 NANJING, CHINA —  September-October is typically the peak production season for private enterprises in China, but in 2021 a shadow was cast over the early-autumn boom. A massive nationwide power scarcity began in mid-September, and the "pulling and restricting" electricity policies in several major manufacturing provinces have negatively impacted production capacity... Continue Reading →

On Creating a Catalan Future: An Interview with Dr. Victòria Alsina, Minister of Foreign Action and Open Government in Catalonia

By Mary Hopkins In the aftermath of another tumultuous and violent crisis over Catalan independence, the government of Catalonia now looks abroad for support.  After leading the Catalan delegation to the United States, Dr. Victòria Alsina was appointed the Minister of Foreign Action and Open Government in Catalonia in May 2021. Born in Barcelona, Alsina... Continue Reading →

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