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Global Insights: “COVID-19: Stress-test for the Global Economy”

April 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



On Thursday April 30, in collaboration with four of its global partners, the BSIA will launch “Global Insights” – a weekly live-streamed, moderated panel series which will provide different national and regional perspectives on big questions currently facing researchers, policymakers and planners worldwide in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Global Insights will feature experts from the BSIA, the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK), the School of International Service at American University (US), the Institute of Strategic Affairs in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and the Department of Politics & Public Administration at the University of Konstanz (Germany) – all leading institutions in the study of international affairs.

This collaborative effort draws on the views of intellectual leaders from various corners of the globe to contribute informed perspectives on a range of different global challenges both during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future sessions will include themes such as The Changing Global Balance of Power; A New Concept of Security; The Future of Democracy; Federalism; Climate Change; Public Health; Technology Innovation; Data, Digitalisation & Governance; Migration and Mobility; and Multilateralism and International Cooperation, and more.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Moderator: Ann Fitz-Gerald, BSIA


  • John Ravenhill is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, and the Chair of the Political Science Department. Having formerly served as the Director of the Balsillie School, John’s research focuses on global political economy.
  • Stephen J. Silvia is professor at American University’s School of International Service, and an affiliate professor in American University’s economics department. Prof. Silvia’s research specialty is comparative labor and employment relations, with a focus on Germany, the European Union and the United States.
  • Dr. Tewodros Makonnen serves as Country Economist at the International Growth Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His research focuses on macroeconomic issues including monetary policy and balance of payments.
  • Lena Rethel is Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation & Regionalisation and Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. She researches finance and development with an empirical focus on Southeast Asia and Islamic finance.

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April 30, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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