Silvio Waisbord, a professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics and the author of the forthcoming book Reinventing Professionalism: News and Journalism in Global Perspective.
Jerome C. Wakefield is Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at New York University and author (with Allan V. Horwitz) of The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder.
John Walcott has covered foreign policy and national security for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications, and is an adjunct professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Without further G20 action, the pandemic-induced recession will only deepen, hurting the world’s poorest and most marginalized people the most. Because the group represents 85% of global GDP, it has the capacity to mobilize resources on the scale required – and its leaders must do so immediately.
Although any joint EU action should be welcomed, the current COVID-19 response plan hardly amounts to a radical break with business as usual. Far from a long-awaited embrace of debt mutualization, the newly proposed European recovery fund risks being both politically unpalatable and economically inadequate.
For months, policymakers in many countries have been flying blind as they try to marshal an effective response to COVID-19. But with new data-visualization tools, we can now chart the pandemic and its economic effects across countries in real time.