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Coronavirus in Conflict Zones

May 07, 2020

The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

Thursday May 7, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 PM

Join CCWA as we host a virtual Foreign Policy Forum on the impact of COVID-19 in conflict zones. Jarrett Blanc, from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss the realities of coronavirus in conflict-affected nations, where there are high levels of displacement and low levels of state capacity. Both states and nonstate actors are using new opportunities  created by the pandemic to advance their own, pre-existing political goals. How has the United States reacted to the coronavirus in Iraq and Afghanistan? How will actions abroad during the pandemic impact the spread of extremism or progress in peace processes in post-conflict states?

Jarrett Blanc is a senior fellow in the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Under President Obama, Blanc was the deputy lead coordinator and State Department coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, he was principal deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), where he played a crucial role in developing and implementing the international security assistance plan for Afghanistan. Blanc is a returning guest, as he has previously spoken for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

This CCWA forum will also be a part of the World Affairs Councils of America’s national “Putting the World back Together” virtual summit. Open to the public, this summit brings together leaders, experts, and citizens across the nation to tackle the central question: How will the world be put back together as we chart our way through the new circumstances caused by this coronavirus pandemic? Click here for more information.



This Foreign Policy Forum is at capacity. The Forum will be available as a podcast after the event. For upcoming Forums, please visit our calendar.



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