Covid-19 and the Global Economy

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an economic disruption that will be felt for years to come. Learn more about what challenges and opportunities lie ahead in this issue of CSISMag.


The Covid-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves around the world. The global economy is expected to shrink by historic levels, and countries face sagging growth and shifting supply chains. Amid this uncertainty, world leaders are scrambling to counter the disruption caused by the ongoing health and economic crisis. In countries where the virus continues to rage, workers remain vulnerable to both potentially risky working conditions and volatile job markets.

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Helene Gayle talks with Andrew Schwartz and Scott Miller about the Covid-19 pandemic and her organization’s response. They also discuss the Trust’s research on racial disparities in wealth, education, and health outcomes in Chicago.

In this episode, Steve Morrison and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) to talk about his work on the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security and his impressions of Covid-19 as both a doctor and an elected representative.

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew Schwartz talk about the impact Covid-19 is having on the U.S. economy. They also talk about supply chain resilience and reconstruction.

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How will economic issues playout at China’s upcoming National People’s Congress? Scott Kennedy, CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, explains China’s efforts to economically recover from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

CSIS’s Matthew Goodman and Stephanie Segal examine the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic impact. For a crisis that is practically begging for international cooperation, there are bright spots, including recent G20 actions to provide debt relief to low-income countries, and continued tensions to watch.

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