Author: Andrew Shi
Editor: Yihan (Bradley) Tian
Image Source: Getty Images
The COVID-19 pandemic has instigated considerable changes in the political systems around the world, especially those of Western countries. From the rise of populist leaders in liberal states like the United States and Germany to the rollback of democratic institutions within authoritarian-leaning states such as Poland and Belarus, a global trend toward centralized power under individual leaders has been emerging since 2016.
Autocracies are defined by the consolidation of power of the ruling party. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has created the means for greater administrative measures and surveillance of individuals. What is to happen after the pandemic recedes will determine the nature of democracy within many countries around the world.
By Bradley (Yihan) Tian
In March of 2020, a rupture between Saudi-Arabia and Russia’s oil-producing relationships occurred. A prominent cause behind this disagreement was the reduced Chinese demand of oil due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As one of the world’s most renowned oil producers, Saudi-Arabia is a leading member in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Despite Russia not being in the council, Russian officials were still invited to the OPEC meeting on March 5th as Russia made agreements in coordinating its productions with OPEC+ three years ago.