10/9/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

Why COVID-19 School Closures Are Impacting Girls More

Why COVID-19 School Closures Are Impacting Girls More

It took her seven years, but Kalpana (name changed) felt she was finally close to her dream of getting an undergraduate degree and working for the Indian government. She had given up college in the past due to family problems, but a few years ago re-enrolled in an undergraduate program. Her studies were going well… more

8/24/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

The Pandemic Has Invigorated Protest Movements—and Repressive Governments, Too

The Pandemic Has Invigorated Protest Movements—and Repressive Governments, Too

The coronavirus has profoundly affected protest movements by simultaneously empowering governments and activists. In doing so, it has set up a race between protestors and governments to win the social media war—a drama that is playing out in different ways across the world. Although messy and nonuniform, social movements under COVID-19 fall into two broad… more

8/10/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

As Borders Shut, Migrants and Refugees Are First to Take the Hit
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As Borders Shut, Migrants and Refugees Are First to Take the Hit

When Singapore became the country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections outside China in February, the small city-state quickly earned praise from Harvard epidemiologists and the WHO as the “gold standard” for its “near-perfection detection” of the virus, and it seemed that all was achieved without going into extreme lockdown. By late March, as… more

6/29/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

Around the World, Elections are Being Upended by COVID-19

Around the World, Elections are Being Upended by COVID-19

On April 11, Geumsun Oh put on a face mask and plastic gloves, and left her home for the first time in two months. The 92-year-old Seoul resident had reason to be cautious. She was diabetic, suffered from high blood pressure, and, at that point, the coronavirus had already claimed 211 lives in South Korea.… more