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A Disparate Group of Places Lead the Way Through a Grim Pandemic Winter

Minnesota, Austria, and Saudi Arabia are using evidence-based strategies to save lives and protect health systems

COVID-19 and Democracy in Indonesia: Short-Term Stability and Long-Term Threats

by Thomas Pepinsky - January 19, 2021

The lasting implications of the pandemic could undermine the quality of Indonesian democracy

A member of the LGBT community participates in the annual Diversity March, which this year has been downscaled amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay September 25, 2020.

Writing a More Inclusive Playbook: How COVID-19 Is Impacting LGBTQ+ Communities Around the World

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Series: Democracy and Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Isn’t Just a Threat to Public Health – It’s a Major Danger to Democracy

Besides its obviously destructive impacts on public health and on the global economy, COVID-19 has sparked a serious decline in democratic rights and freedoms in many countries. This series explores the immediate impact of COVID-19 on several of the world’s biggest democracies – Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States. Each of these states was led by a populist whose disdain for expertise hindered the public health response, and may have damaged democracy as well. The series also examines how COVID-19 will affect these democracies for the longer term.


This series is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

How COVID-19 Proved a Boon for Dutertismo –With Long-Term Damage to Philippine Democracy

The pandemic could push the Philippines’ fragile democracy over the edge into enduring illiberalism

A Moment of Truth for Bolsonaro

It's unclear whether the pandemic will have any significant effect on Brazilian politics over the long term

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