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Covid, War, and Energy: The Economic and Social Impact of Simultaneous Crises

December 14, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine have created huge disruptions – with lasting implications at the global, national, and local levels. Although some concerns about the pandemic have subsided, the medical community is talking about a “tripledemic” as the year draws to a close. The enduring public health crisis and the war have led to supply chain disruptions, food shortages, and rising prices for commodities like energy and food. What are the economic and social impacts of the myriad crises we are facing? And how can they be addressed? By government? Business? Civil society?

Join ACG and 1014 for another discussion as part of their virtual series Democracies under Pressure: Challenges for the Global Liberal Order. We will be joined by Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger, President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and Dr. Adam Tooze, Shelby Cullom Davis Chair of History and Director of the European Institute at Columbia University, to look at the economic and social impact of the simultaneous crises we are facing. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Ines Pohl, Washington bureau chief for Deutsche Welle.

Dr. Jutta Allmendinger is President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Professor of educational sociology and labor market research at Humboldt University. She is also a senior fellow at CES. Her research interests focus on gender inequality in the workplace, sociology of the labor market, rising inequality in Europe, and educational reform in Germany.

Dr. Allmendinger earned her doctorate in social studies from Harvard. Before joining the WZB in 2007, she was a Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich from 1992 to 2007 and director of the Institute of Employment Research in Nuremberg from 2003 to 2007. She was a fellow at Harvard Business School from 1991 to 1992.

Dr. Allmendinger serves on numerous advisory boards in Germany and abroad. She is a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Academy of Engineering Science acatech, and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Dr. Adam Tooze has held the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Chair of History at Columbia University since 2015 and also serves as Director of the European Institute.

Having received his BA in Economics from King’s College Cambridge in 1989, he had the good fortune to witness the end of the Cold War in Berlin, where he began his postgraduate studies. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. From 1996 to 2009, Dr. Tooze taught at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Reader in Modern History and Gurnee Hart fellow in History at Jesus College. After Cambridge, Dr. Tooze was appointed to the Barton M. Biggs Professorship at Yale University, where he succeeded Paul Kennedy as the Director of International Security Studies.

In February 2011, he served as Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Professor in Military History at West Point. Dr. Tooze’s first book, Statistics and the German State: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge, appeared in 2001; Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy was published in 2006; Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of the Global Order 1916-1931 in 2014; Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World in 2018; and Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy in 2021. He has written and reviewed for the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, the New Left Review, the New Statesman, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Dissent, Die Zeit, Spiegel, Tageszeitung, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Moderator: Ines Pohl is the Washington bureau chief for Deutsche Welle. She served as the Editor in Chief of Deutsche Welle from 2017-2020. During her three-year tenure, she focused on increasing DW’s social media presence and the exclusive content of all 30 language services. She joined DW in 2015 as a correspondent in the Washington bureau. As a journalist, she is particularly interested in questions of democratic legitimacy and transition and is passionate about human rights and the role of democratic structures in developing countries. Ms. Pohl strongly advocates using social media to enhance the connection between audiences and journalists in the digital age.

She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2005, where she spent the year focused on immigration and the impact of religion and leadership. She currently serves on the board of trustees for “Reporters without Borders” and “Youth Against AIDS”. From 2009-2015, Ms. Pohl was the editor-in-chief of Die Tageszeitung “taz,” a national daily German newspaper, where she launched a new weekend edition and restructured www.taz.de, now one of Germany’s popular news sites.


December 14, 2022
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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