COVID-19: Will we learn from our mistakes?

The inequitable response to the 2008 crisis laid the seeds for a decade of populism, instability, and violence around the world. With today’s ground fertile for populist narratives, unprecedented resource competition, and autocratic power-grabs, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis makes it clear that we can’t afford to make the same mistakes again.

Iran’s Proxies and Coronavirus in Deir Ezzor: Government’s Transparency?

The recent activities of Iranian-backed militias in Deir Ezzor were followed by suspicious cases of Coronavirus in the area. Some reports, prior to March 22nd, speculated that some Iranian militants were confirmed to be dead as a result of Coronavirus. While Damascus repudiates these claims, there remains stronger evidence that should be consulted. In an interview with a partner in Deir Ezzor that maintains contact with local medical personnel, the interviewee explained that “it’s not a secret.



Sudan and COVID-19: A Vulnerable Economy in Crisis

with the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is a new wave of uncertainty affecting these processes. From protests, to the economic shocks, to food and medicinal scarcity; there are no simple solutions for Sudan in the weeks ahead. Sudan, like much of the world has been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. As of 27 April 2020, SUNA, the State-news agency, reported 275 confirmed cases in the population, including 22 fatalities. Most of these cases have been in Khartoum state, where the capital is located.



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BIC's latest project takes critical aim at yesterday's approaches to security and defence, with a view towards developing proactive solutions to the evolving nature of insecurity and hybrid warfare. Building off our extensive coding process, we will use qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the impacts of new trends - such as disinformation campaigns, cyber warfare, climate challenges, and geopolitical factors - on the various social, political and economic drivers of conflict and instability.


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