The Evening: China Investigation, Pulled Into Poverty, Jazz Fest Secret Shows and More
April 30, 2020
Compensation From China
Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the pandemic, a move that could splinter already strained relations between the two superpowers, as the Washington Post reports.
And, as the WSJ reports, the U.S. intelligence community publicly confirmed it is trying to determine whether the coronavirus may have escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began.
Pulled Back Into Poverty
The World Bank says that for the first time since 1998, global poverty rates will rise. By the end of the year, 8 percent of the world’s population—half a billion people—could be pushed into destitution, largely because of the wave of unemployment brought by virus lockdowns, the United Nations estimates, as the NYT reports.
UK Past Peak
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today Britain was now past the peak of its coronavirus outbreak and promised to set out a plan next week on how the country might start gradually returning to normal life, as Reuters reports.
"We have found across multiple years of the Menino Survey of Mayors that strong majorities of mayors are willing to address climate change in their cities, even if it means making fiscal sacrifices," said Katherine Levine, co-principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors, in the latest episode of Energy 360.
On the Horizon
Governments are collecting increasing amounts of data on individuals in order to track and combat the spread of Covid-19. CSIS's James Lewis explores the future of privacy in Big Company, Big Government, Big Brother? Privacy after Covid-19.
CSIS’s “On the Horizon” series offers insights into the more fundamental changes we might anticipate for our future social and economic world as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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In That Number
Workers have submitted more than 30 million claims for unemployment insurance since mid-March.
"You can't just leap over things and get into a situation where you're really tempting a rebound. That's the thing I get concerned about.”
— Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
CSIS's Asia Maritime Transparency Intiative has acquired new satellite imagery showing the Chinese state-owned survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its China Coast Guard escort within Malaysia's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images). The USNS Comfort departs New York City today.
“WHO and President Trump on the Ledge,” by CSIS’s Steve Morrison and Anna Carroll.
Tomorrow, at 11:00 a.m., CSIS will host Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and John Katko (R-NY) to discuss their efforts to establish a bipartisan commission to examine the Covid-19 crisis.
Also, at 10:30 a.m., the Atlantic Council will host a conversation with Assistant Energy for the Office of Nuclear Energy Rita Baranwal to discuss how to establish U.S. leadership in advanced nuclear technology.
Later, at 12:00 p.m., the Wilson Center will convene an expert panel to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the labor market in the Middle East.
Todd Harrison and Andrew Hunter, CSIS International Security Program experts, discussed the impact of Covid-19 on the defense budget and defense supply chain with AEI's Mackenzie Eaglen this week. Watch the event here.
In the latest episode of the Coronavirus Crisis Update, Steve Morrison and I speak with Scott Dowell, the coronavirus response leader at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He helps us evaluate the global response, including which strategies were most effective, and explains how we can safely lift lockdowns without risking renewed outbreaks.
Jazz Fest in New Orleans is celebrated every year during the last weekend in April and the subsequent first weekend in May. This year, it’s postponed of course, but many of us are still feeling it. And if you’re really plugged-in, you might even be able to attend a private zoom show or two while we are “Jazz Festing In Place.”
The “in the know” shows are the ones that have always been the most special to me over the years. They take place in the Crescent City’s famous music clubs at night, sometimes even during the day. This is one of those shows, the original Meters reunited for the first time in over 30 years in 2012 during the second weekend of Jazz Fest at the Howlin’ Wolf. It was open to the public—if you knew how to get a ticket or get in. Fortunately, someone had the presence of mind to film 5 songs of it.