A Syrian boy sits next to humanitarian aid in a camp on February 21. A UN Security Council resolution for a global ceasefire to allow coronavirus aid to the most vulnerable is mired in disagreement. Photo: AFP A Syrian boy sits next to humanitarian aid in a camp on February 21. A UN Security Council resolution for a global ceasefire to allow coronavirus aid to the most vulnerable is mired in disagreement. Photo: AFP
A Syrian boy sits next to humanitarian aid in a camp on February 21. A UN Security Council resolution for a global ceasefire to allow coronavirus aid to the most vulnerable is mired in disagreement. Photo: AFP
Humphrey Hawksley
Opinion

Opinion

Humphrey Hawksley

Coronavirus crisis exposes the politics of division in the international community

  • Far from encouraging unity, the crisis has exacerbated antagonism, with the UN embroiled in superpower rivalry, the EU lacking a cohesive strategy and divisions in many countries over how to handle the pandemic

A Syrian boy sits next to humanitarian aid in a camp on February 21. A UN Security Council resolution for a global ceasefire to allow coronavirus aid to the most vulnerable is mired in disagreement. Photo: AFP A Syrian boy sits next to humanitarian aid in a camp on February 21. A UN Security Council resolution for a global ceasefire to allow coronavirus aid to the most vulnerable is mired in disagreement. Photo: AFP
A Syrian boy sits next to humanitarian aid in a camp on February 21. A UN Security Council resolution for a global ceasefire to allow coronavirus aid to the most vulnerable is mired in disagreement. Photo: AFP
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Humphrey Hawksley

Humphrey Hawksley

Humphrey Hawksley is an Asia specialist. His book Asian Waters: The Struggle in the Asia-Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion is published this month.