Analysis and recommendations relating to the 2019 novel coronavirus from experts at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies


FSI experts Karen Eggleston and David Relman join host Michael McFaul to discuss what you should know about COVID-19 and its impact on the world.

The Thing That Determines a Country’s Resistance to the Coronavirus

The major dividing line in effective crisis response will not place autocracies on one side and democracies on the other. The crucial determinant in performance will not be the type of regime, but the state’s capacity and, above all, trust in government. (Francis Fukuyama, 3/30/20)

America Should Build an International Coalition Now

Lost in the background of the coronavirus catastrophe is the collapse of American diplomacy. The United States should be the convening authority and coordinator of a response to a global threat now taking the lives of its own citizens. (Brett McGurk, 3/29/20)

How We Can Manage the Pandemic and Preserve Our Democracy

COVID-19 presents us with both our worst public health crisis in a century and the greatest challenge to our democracy since World War II. Here is a national strategy to address both challenges. (Larry Diamond, 3/27/20)

Care In the Time Of Corona: Reflecting On My Calling As a Physician

Megha Shankar, an early-career physician and health services research fellow with Stanford Health Policy and the VA, reflects on her role during the pandemic. (Megha Shankar, 3/27/20)

When COVID-19 Delays a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference, Is There a Silver Lining?

Although postponement of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is inevitable, the nuclear policy community needs to keep a sharp eye out during the pause, to ensure that nuclear mischief does not ensue, whether from North Korea or from other countries. (Rose Gottemoeller, 3/26/20)

It’s Imperative For the U.S. and China To Work Together On the Coronavirus Pandemic

The world’s two superpowers, the United States and China, will remain competitors in many realms for decades to come. In parallel to confrontation, however, Chinese and American leaders also must realize that they share some interests that require cooperation. Addressing a global pandemic is one of them. (Michael McFaul, 3/26/20)

We Must Vote in November. This Is How to Ensure That We Can

Voters should not have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health. They should not have to endure confusion over the location of polling places or the availability of vote-by-mail. Yet voters might face exactly those problems in November if we do not act now to protect the election from Covid-19. (Nathaniel Persily, 3/26/20)

Is the Coronavirus As Deadly As They Say?

Fear of Covid-19 is based on its high estimated case fatality rate — 2% to 4% of people with confirmed Covid-19 have died, according to the World Health Organization. So if 100 million Americans ultimately get the disease, two million to four million could die. We believe that estimate is deeply flawed. (Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya, 3/24/20)

How People and Platforms Spread Stories During a Global Health Crisis

Social media platforms are under pressure to ensure that sensationalism and misinformation on their platforms don’t exacerbate an epidemic—as they should be. They are the gatekeepers of good information during this crisis. The problem is that much like the disease, misinformation spreads wherever people congregate. (Renee DiResta, 3/20/20)

How Chinese State Media Shapes Conversations on the Coronavirus

The perception of China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been a significant challenge for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the past two months. The CCP has been attempting to control the narrative and deflect blame since the start of the outbreak, both domestically and abroad. It has done this by drawing on its substantial state- and CCP-owned media apparatus. (Vanessa Molter, 3/19/20)

COVID-19 Reduces Economic Activity, Which Reduces Pollution, and Saves Lives

COVID-19 is a massive global economic and health challenge, having caused thousands of global deaths and untold economic and social disruption. Strangely, this disruption could also have unexpected health benefits — and these benefits could be quite large in certain parts of the world. (Marshall Burke, 3/8/20)

More FSI Commentary and Analysis

How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

Stanford Health Policy core faculty member Jason Wang weighs in on how Taiwan has so far managed to prevent the coronavirus from heavily impacting its 23 million citizens (3/3/20)

The COVID-19 Threat to North Korea and Nuclear Deadlock

Interview with Asian affairs and security expert Victor Cha about how a coronavirus outbreak could devastate North Korea's extremely vulnerable population (3/19/20)

Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Fundamental Tension in Governing China

Q&A with Stanford sociologist and APARC faculty member Xueguang Zhou on his research into the institutional foundations of governance in China, and some of the challenges the country now faces (2/3/20)

Students Learn How to Build COVID-19 Mathematical Projection Models

Stanford Health Policy's Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert and Jason Andrews will debut the course "Models for Understanding and Controlling Global Infectious Diseases" in the upcoming spring quarter (3/24/20)

Michelle Mello Answers Questions About the Federal Rollout of the Coronavirus Test

Q&A with Michelle Mello, a professor of medicine at Stanford Health Policy and professor of law at Stanford Law School about the federal rollout of diagnostic testing for COVID-19 (3/9/20)

Karen Eggleston on Coronavirus Outbreak and Health Policy Implications

Q&A with APARC Deputy Director and the Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston on the outbreak and its impact on both Asian and international healthcare systems (1/22/20)

Our Scholars in the News

“We're probably looking at a future that now includes the persistence of this virus periodically, especially in winters for the next several years.”
-David Relman, Microbiologist and Senior Fellow at FSI