The Dhaka Tribune covers an international dialogue moderated by program lead Leah Zamore, hosted with BRAC and UN Women. This event discussed "demographic and socio-economic changes induced by the Covid-19 pandemic: Challenges of new circumstances" in Bangladesh.

Jun 30, 2021
South Asia
Humanitarian Crises

BRAC, UN Women, and New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) recently concluded a study of the demographic and socioeconomic changes induced by the unprecedented reverse (urban-to-rural) migration that took place in Bangladesh following the COVID-19 lockdown. This virtual dialogue will provide an opportunity for the research partners to discuss these and other findings, and identify solutions, with regional and migration experts. Additionally, a keynote address will be delivered by Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Relation Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Jun 23, 2021
South Asia
Humanitarian Crises

The global pandemic has laid bare the digital inequities across vertical (income) and horizontal (social, political, and identity) dimensions, while exposing the extent to which pre-pandemic approaches to bridging the digital divide have been dominated by economic considerations even while they are not universally treated as policy priorities.

Jun 09, 2021
Laura E. Bailey, Nanjala Nyabola
Latin America, South Asia

CIC program lead Leah Zamore participated in a policy dialogue session with BRAC and UN Women to unveil the research paper "Demographic and socio-economic changes induced by the COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges of new circumstances."

"For much of the world, COVID-19 has been a crisis of immobility...But there's another kind of crisis, of forced mobility: for many millions of people, those same lockdowns that have kept much of the world in place made staying in place impossible. It made it impossible to make rent, to find food, to make a living."

May 08, 2021
Leah Zamore
South Asia
Humanitarian Crises

There is nothing equal about COVID-19. It is now well established that poor and underprivileged social groups have absorbed most of the pandemic’s negative impact. However, the connection between COVID-19 and inequality might run even deeper. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, one additional point of the Gini coefficient correlated with a 1.34 percentage point higher rate of weekly new infections across countries. This difference in infection rates compounds like interest every week.

This policy paper by Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow at CIC examines how the Afghan peace process provides the United States with an opportunity to pivot to a strategy that frees it from dependence on military bases in the landlocked backyard of Russia and China, and how that can provide it with an entry point to an expanded and more effective Asia policy focused on some of the most vital threats confronting humanity.

Jan 06, 2021
Barnett Rubin

Recent decades have seen rapid increases in the use of robots and rapid advances in artificial intelligence, driven particularly by improvements in machine learning. From games like chess and Go to speech recognition and image recognition, machines have come to outperform humans in an expanding range of activities. This development has motivated many attempts to gauge the impact on the future of work for humans.

Dec 18, 2020
Ian Goldin

With each new year of data, and each new intergovernmental report, it becomes harder to deny the scale and urgency of the energy transition required to prevent catastrophic anthropogenic climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges countries to take action to prevent a rise in temperature by more than 1.5°C, and warns of catastrophic consequences of a rise above 2°C. Yet current policies and pledges fall far short of hitting these targets.

For Foreign Affairs, CIC senior fellow Barnett Rubin writes that the only way out of Afghanistan requires cooperation with regional powers.

Read the full column in Foreign Affairs here

Dec 09, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan

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