Articles by Prof. Jonathan Schwartz

Prof. Jonathan Schwartz, Ph.D. (Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York) is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar of Comparative pandemic preparedness and response in China, Taiwan and India. He can be reached at:

The explosion of Covid-19 cases in China towards the end of 2022 and early 2023 reminded us, once again, that pandemics have a way of lingering and forcing themselves to the forefront of our consciousness. As public health policy experts have been saying for years, it is not a question of “if” but “when” the next pandemic (or a new and highly virulent variant of Covid-19) arrives. Since a future pandemic seems inevitable, we argue that the questions we should be asking are will we be able to respond effectively when the pandemic arrives and does effective response depend on…

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