Program Details

Big Power Relations in the Age of COVID

Bill Thomas and Cleo Paskal
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Join author and international journalist Bill Thomas and Indo-Pacific authority Cleo Paskal for a fast-paced, face-to-face dialogue that will asses the state of the world on the second anniversary of the COVID pandemic. While Washington, Moscow and Beijing try to protect their populations and their economies from the worst effects of the virus, some hot spots that cooled earlier are heating up again. Close to home the increasing presence of Russia and China in the Caribbean region is cause for serious concern. And at some point soon, China will have to be held to account for its role in the spread of COVID. The discussion promises be smart, lively and provocative.

About the Instructor

  • Bill Thomas, former editor and writer in Washington for the London-based Economist Group, has spent years in Russia. He wrote about the collapse of the Soviet Union for The Los Angeles Times and reported on ensuing civil wars in three former Soviet republics. He has authored or co-authored several books, among them "Red Tape: Adventure Capitalism in the New Russia", (Dutton). His articles and commentary have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and many other publications, including The Washington Post and The Hill.

    Cleo Paskal is a non-resident senior fellow for the Indo-Pacific at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, as well as an Associate Fellow in both the Asia-Pacific Program and the Energy, Environment and Resources Program at Chatham House, London, (a.k.a. Royal Institute of International Affairs). She is currently leading a Chatham House project researching perceptions of strategic shifts in the Indo-Pacific to 2024. She is a regular media commentator and has contributed to The Diplomat, The World Today, Washington Examiner, International Affairs, and BBC.