The World After Covid

A project exploring the rapid shifts in the United States' role in the world since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic


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About "The World After Covid"

The eruption of Covid-19 in early 2020 and the many consequences of this pandemic have shaken to its core the international system that humankind has known since 1945. This has opened the way for great risks but also for many exciting new possibilities to build a more just and sustainable world.

In the first phase of this project in June-July 2020, JWE President and former Christian Science Monitor columnist Helena Cobban held weekly webinars with a range of guests who have thought deeply about the United States’ role in the world and the effects Covid-19 has started to have on the global balance. The videos of these webinars can be viewed below, along with the transcripts and some related materials. Ms. Cobban's guests were:

These materials are published here under a Creative Commons license, which means you are free to re-use any of them for non-commercial purposes, provided you give due attribution to Just World Educational and the individual speakers. If you want to use any of these materials for commercial purposes, please contact Rights@justworldeducational.org to ask about terms.

Check back soon to learn about the further directions this project will take in Fall 2020!

Videos of the World After Covid webinar series


"The World After Covid" with Richard Falk
Session 1, June 10, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with JWE Board Member Prof. Richard Falk, a world-renowned expert on international law who spent six years, 2008-14 as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of the Palestinians of the Occupied Territories.

Read the transcript: Prof. Richard Falk and Helena Cobban, June 10, 2020

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"The World After Covid" with Medea Benjamin
Session 2, June 17, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of both the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange. Benjamin is the author of numerous articles and ten books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection

Read the transcript: Medea Benjamin and Helena Cobban, June 17, 2020

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"The World After Covid" with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Session 3, June 24, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Bill Fletcher, Jr., a veteran activist for labor rights, decolonization, and racial justice and the former president of TransAfrica Forum. He is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is a widely syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator.

Read the transcript: Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Helena Cobban, June 24, 2020 

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"The World After Covid" with Vijay Prashad
Session 4, July 1, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Vijay Prashad,  the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, the Director of (Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research), and the Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter ). Prashad is the author of thirty books, including The Darker NationsThe Poorer NationsRed Star Over the Third World, and Karma of Brown Folk. His newest book, Washington Bullets, which has a Preface by President Evo Morales Ayma, will be released by LeftWord Books on July 8.

Read the transcript: Vijay Prashad and Helena Cobban, July 1, 2020 

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"The World After Covid" with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Session 5, July 8, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. A veteran American diplomat, Freeman’s career highlights included being the interpreter for Pres. Nixon during his breakthrough 1972 visit to China; negotiating (in Spanish) with Pres. Fidel Castro over the parallel Cuban and South African withdrawals from Angola; serving as U.S. Ambassador to Riyadh during Operation Desert Storm; and being nixed from consideration as Pres. Obama’s Director of National Intelligence on account of his support for Palestinian rights. Freeman’s books include Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige (Just World Books, 2012.)

Read the transcript: Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. and Helena Cobban, July 8, 2020

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"The World After Covid" with Hilal Elver
Session 6, July 15, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Prof. Hilal Elver, who served from 2014 through April 2020 as the U.N.’s Special Representative on the Right to Food, with a 7-part mandate described here. A professor of international law, she is a Global Distinguished Fellow at the UCLA Law School Resnick Food Law and Policy Center and a research professor at UC Santa Barbara. Previously she held the UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta; and taught at the University of Ankara, Faculty of Law. She has served the Turkish government in various capacities, including as a member of Turkey’s team at the Climate Change negotiations. Her publications focus on environmental law, climate change, food security, human rights and women's rights.

Read the transcript: Hilal Elver and Helena Cobban, July 15, 2020 

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"The World After Covid" with Marjorie Cohn
Session 7, July 22, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Marjorie Cohn, a professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she taught from 1991-2016, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Cohn currently lectures, writes, and provides commentary for local, regional, national and international media outlets. She is the author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent. She has edited (and also contributed to) anthologies on the United States and torture and the ethical and political issues around the use of military drones.

Read the transcript: Marjorie Cohn and Helena Cobban, July 22, 2020 

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"The World After Covid" with Hans von Sponeck and Richard Falk
Session 8, July 29, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Hans-Christof von Sponeck and Richard Falk. Hans von Sponeck was one of the first conscientious objectors in the Federal Republic of Germany. He had a distinguished career in the United Nations, serving as a U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq– until he resigned from that position in 2000 to protest against the US-led sanctions policies of the UN Security Council. He currently teaches at the Conflict Research Center of the University of Marburg.

Prof. Richard Falk is a world-renowned expert on international law who spent six years, 2008-14, as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of the Palestinians of the Occupied Territories. (We are also proud that Falk is a member of the Just World Ed board.)

Read the transcript: Hans von Sponeck, Richard Falk and Helena Cobban, July 29, 2020 

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Participants in "The World After Covid"


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Prof. Richard Falk


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Medea Benjamin


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Bill Fletcher, Jr.


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Helena Cobban


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Vijay Prashad


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Amb. Chas Freeman, Jr. 


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Hilal Elver


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Marjorie Cohn


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Hans-Christof von Sponeck


 
 
 

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