Government and governance, International relations, Health | The Pacific, The World, Australia, Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia

14 May 2020

This week on Democracy Sausage Second Serve, we go stateside to take a look at criticisms levelled at the World Health Organization with US expert Assistant Professor Alexandra Phelan.

The World Health Organization has been the subject of criticism about its response to pandemic, particularly from President Donald Trump in the United States. So, is the WHO still fit-for-purpose, and can it recover from the US suspending funding to the organisation? This week on the Second Serve, we hear from Australian US-based expert Assistant Professor Alexandra Phelan about the challenges to multilateralism, and how the coronavirus crisis response was botched in the USA. Listen here:

Dr Alexandra Phelan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security.

Mark Kenny is a Professor in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, and The Canberra Times.

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This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.

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