Each week BISA Director, Juliet Dryden, scours the internet for COVID-19 content that might interest you. Here she brings you this week's best readings and podcasts. She finishes with 'In other news', giving you a moment's break from the pandemic.
- From the Economist - The American Way: how is the US handling the crisis
- The Atlantic’s David A Graham on the Karen in Chief: Trumps way of calling the cops on those who challenge him
- Thomas Wright from the Brookings Institution writing for the Atlantic: How should Biden handle China
- Kathy Gilsinan on whether China is planning to win back the world
- Politico’s Charles Dunst looks at how China is flexing its trade muscles
- Winston Morgan for The Conversation on how COVID can’t be explained through the prism of race.
- Universities in Crisis – an Interesting look from Chris Cook writing for Tortoise Media
- Rachel Connolly on reversing the brain drain: why the virus could stop graduates moving to London.
- Why do so many of us no longer trust experts, facts and statistics? Listen to 'Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World', with Will Davies and Carl Miller from Intelligence Squared
- Reopening the NHS from the London Review of Books Podcast. Sonia Gandhi and Rupert Beale, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, talk to Thomas Jones about the ways COVID-19 can affect the nervous system, the steps required to re-open the NHS after lockdown, the state of testing, and reasons to be optimistic about a vaccine
- Mobilising a Zero Carbon Army: green jobs for young people from Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
- Cornell economist Robert Frank’s radical idea - social pressure is a fundamental economic force. Listen to the Ezra Klein Show
- A History of Ideas – Fanon on Colonialism, Mackinnon on Patriarchy and Fukuyama on History
In other news
Hong Kong and China
- China paints a target on Hong Kong but abandons one for growth
- The EU won’t follow Trump into a trade war over China
- Fear by Rule in Hong Kong from the Economist.
Watching the China and India dispute
- Saif Khalid for Al Jazeera on the China-India border dispute
- India and China square up on their Himalayan border.
- Hassan Hassan in the Guardian argues that Islamic State is back and the West is ill prepared
- Martin Patience on the chaos of Lebanon for the BBC
- Laith Abu Zeyad writes on lockdown in the West Bank for Al Jazeera.
- Leading climate scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards joins David Spiegelhalter to explore uncertainty in different aspects of her life as a statistician and mathematical modeller, and as a communicator about possible climate futures. Listen to Risky Talk.
- The US has withdrawn from the Open Skies Treaty so The Diplomat discusses the implications.