Revisiting the Past to Know the Present: The Spanish Flu, the Coronavirus, and the Political Risk Event of a Generation

by John C. Hulsman

24 March 2020

In this paper we discuss:

  • The similarities and differences between the Spanish flu of 1918-20 and Covid-19;
  • Why Covid represents the political risk event of the 21st century;
  • How the world will look at the end of it, with China gaining ground at the expenses of the US and the EU facing yet another existential crisis; and
  • Why countries should not under-estimate the threat of Covid: the second of the three waves of the Spanish flu was the deadliest.

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