How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Shaping Politics in East Asia – An Update

The Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) will be organizing a Zoom webinar regarding the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on shaping politics and societies in East Asia at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Professor Yves Tiberghien of the University of British Columbia and Ulrike Schaede of UC San Diego will be imparting their insights on the political dynamics of the pandemic on East Asia on January 24 4:00PM EST, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn about the intersection between politics and COVID-19 in this high-profile event.

Description of the Webinar:

Following an initial phase of relative control and good performance across East Asia in 2020 and 2021, the Delta and Omicron variants have challenged politics and societies across the regions. The Delta variant played a big role in the downfall of Prime Minister Suga in October 2021, and there is some concern what the winter season will bring next. China has presided over the most dramatic cycle of extreme policy rigidity and control, followed by an abrupt abandonment that unleashed a massive wave in December 2022. What explains these COVID trajectories in East Asia over time, how should we assess changes – extreme or piecemeal – in pandemic policies, and what are long-term implications of these developments?

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Please find the recording of the event here.

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