Susan Eisenhower and George Beebe discuss the geopolitics of COVID-19

In principle there ought to be an opportunity [for state cooperation]. ... Unfortunately, in the political realm, logic and rationality often does not prevail. We’re in a situation right now that is much more emotional than rational. When you’re reacting emotionally or reacting out of fear, it can diminish the opportunity for cooperation that a rational actor might easily identify. You can end up doing things that are counterproductive or undermine your national interest. ... I worry that that’s where we are right now.” - George Beebe

In the last several months, we have seen the world change around us. The challenges facing us, already serious, are now compounded by economic uncertainty and new threats to public health. As part of our mission to promote non-partisan discourse and critical analysis of long-term issues, the Eisenhower Institute has launched EI Live, an ongoing series of conversations featuring expert perspectives to help make sense of the world around us and lift up lessons from the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Recently, Susan Eisenhower hosted a conversation with George Beebe of the Center for the National Interest. They discussed the geopolitical implications of the coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect states such as China and Russia. See what they had to say here: 

You can join us on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. ET on our website and Facebook for future iterations of EI Live, or visit our YouTube page to watch past conversations. On May 5, Susan Eisenhower will be joined by special guest Col. Len Fullenkamp to discuss the significance and legacy of the Second World War in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of VE Day.