Book Details

Book title: COVID-19: Analysing The Threat
Author(s): Ajey Lele & Kritika Roy
ISBN: 9789390095070
Publication Year: 2020
Binding: HB
Pages: 454
Price: Rs. 1995 Rs. 1496
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ABOUT THE BOOK

The current pandemic has caused a cataclysmic disruption in the ‘daily routine’ across the nations and sectors. The damage this crisis has brought to lives and economies is unimaginable. This pandemic is a wake-up call to bring about systematic and structural changes to deal with such unanticipated menaces that can bring the world to a sudden halt. This book attempts to contextualise and examine the nature of the ongoing pandemic. The experts who have contributed to the book analyse key geopolitical and technological aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Besides, the book presents views from a few important States concerning their role in combating the ongoing crisis. The book also explores the issues of biosecurity and bioethics. 

CONTENTS

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

About the Contributors xiii

Introduction xix

SECTION I: THE GLOBAL OUTLOOK OF COVID-19

1. History and Politics of Pandemics 3

PaulamiSanyal

2 Mapping the Global Outbreak of COVID-19 22

Anshu Joshi

SECTION II: ASSESSMENT AND RESPONSES

Asia

3. Saving a Billion: How India Confronted COVID-19 43

A. Vinod Kumar

4. China and US Response Plans Against COVID-19 60

Xie Chao

5. Japan’s Pandemic Politics: The COVID-19 Challenge to the 

Reiwa Era 74

TitliBasu

6. Effective Management of COVID-19 in Iran 84

Ali Karami

North and South America

7. US Response to COVID-19 107

Cherian Samuel and Munish Sharma

8. Economic and Political Implications of COVID-19 in Latin 

America 120

Syed Ali

Europe and Russia

9. France Response to COVID-19 129

ElisandeNexon and FrédéricCoste

10. Coronavirus in Spain 144

Maria J. Espona

11. Italy’s COVID-19 Crisis: An Overview 161

Chiara De Cuia

12 Sweden Reacts to COVID-19 177

KanchanaRamanujam

13. The UK Experience Three Months into the Pandemic 186

Paul Rogers

14. The Pandemic in Russia 198

Nivedita Das Kundu

Africa

15. Coronavirus Containment in Africa 211

Margaret W. Muturi and Eucharia U. Kenya

SECTION III: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

16. COVID-19 and the Search for Effective Vaccine 233

MrinmayeeBhushan

17. Leveraging Technology in the Fight Against COVID-19 244

AjeyLele and Kritika Roy

18. The Role of Biotechnology During Pandemics: 

The Case of COVID-19 270

Ronnie Ninan

19. Decoding the Effectiveness of Contact Tracing Apps 296

Kritika Roy

SECTION IV: POLITICS AND COVID-19

20. US-China Power Politics in a COVID-19 Context 311

NamrataGoswami

21 COVID-19 and the Challenge of Global Governance 331

Manish 

22. Coronavirus as God’s Soldier: Assessing the Divine Retribution 

Narrative of Jihadi Organisations 349

AnimeshRoul

SECTION V: BIOLOGICAL SECURITY

23. After COVID-19: Time to Agree a Biosecurity Code of Conduct 

Under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention 361

Simon Whitby, Cheng Tang, Lijun Shang and Malcolm Dando

24. Biological Security and Health in the Post-pandemic World: 

The Infectious Disease Community’s ‘Mushroom Cloud’? 380

David R Franz

25. How Should South Asian States Respond to Global Biosecurity 

Concerns 387

Malinda Meegoda

26. The COVID Crisis: Implications and Lessons for United States – 

and Global – Biosecurity 397

VikramVenkatram, Diane DiEuliis and James Giordano

Editors’ Musings 406

Appendix: Draft Landscape of COVID-19 Candidate Vaccines – 

29 June 2020 410

Index 421


ABOUT Author

Dr Ajey Lele is Senior Fellow in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and heads its Centre on Strategic Technologies. His specific areas of research include issues related to WMD, Space Security and Strategic Technologies. He has contributed articles to various national and international journals, websites and newspapers.


Kritika Roy is a Research Analyst at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi. She is also an assistant editor of CBW Magazine. She is an engineering graduate and has a Master`s Degree in Geopolitics and International Relations. Her latest book is Advances in ICT and the Likely Nature of Warfare (Routledge, 2019).