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Special Commentary: 'Disaster Diplomacy' and the US Response to COVID-19   [open pdf - 191KB]

From the Document: "In 1999, after decades of animosity driven by a complex history, Greek and Turkish relations positively transformed almost overnight. The catalyst for this transformation was Turkish provision of rescue personnel and other assistance to Athens, which had been struck by a devastating earthquake. Of course, those efforts would not have been transformative had the foreign ministers of both Greece and Turkey not already been considering ways to improve relations. But had it not been for the crisis, the effects of those efforts may never have been felt. This example exemplifies 'disaster diplomacy': conditions where disasters can catalyze changes in state relations. Global efforts to create similar change during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] virus, however, have not met with much success. This failure has as much to do with the nature of the virus as it does with the nature of the response. Getting disaster diplomacy right requires alignment of ends, means, and interests. Otherwise, it risks being perceived as exploitive or ineffective."

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