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The COVID-19 pandemic and possibilities for Arab ‘risk society’

  • Professor Larbi Sadiki & Associate Professor Layla Saleh,

COVID-19 may afflict without discrimination, but not all polities, economies and societies can equally withstand its damage and rebuild in its aftermath.

How Kong’s civil society networks have contributed to the containment of COVID-19

  • Sophie Chen & Associate Professor Chris Chan ,

The networks and solidarity formed by the democracy movement laid the groundwork for a prompt civil society response to COVID-19.

#MaskUp in Australia: How social norms in a pandemic are formed

  • Dr Jun Ohashi,

A discussion forum in Reddit appears to reflect the sentiment of people in Melbourne in relation to mask-wearing as a public health measure.

State-society relations in a pandemic: an Asian Australian perspective

  • Haina Lee & Dr Jay Song ,

Some of the communitarian values and compromise on individuals rights for the sake of public health may have become common Australian values during the COVID-19 pandemic

INTERVIEW—COVID-19 and Belt and Road: Some of the issues impacting business and human rights

  • Dr Surya Deva,

Business and Human Rights is always a controversial area, but COVID-19 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative are among the most acute challenges.