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Covid & Our Future: Lessons for National and International Crisis Governance

Tuesday 25 May 2021
Online & Wijnhaven (Invitation only)

Professor of War, Peace and Justice Bert Koenders and Professor of Science, Policy and Societal Impact Jet Bussemaker will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on national and international policy-making.

Although the crisis is ongoing, it is nevertheless interesting and important to already look back at some of the lessons that can be learned and ahead towards some of the (potential) consequences of the crisis on the micro-, meso- and macrolevel. With this thought in mind, the professors will discuss some important topics and several key questions. While doing so they will not only draw from their extensive academic knowledge, but also from their experience as former ministers in Cabinet Rutte II. 

Jet Bussemaker and Bert Koenders will speak about continuity and change, for instance: Will there be enduring changes?  And how can countries prepare for the next crisis or pandemic? 
About international cooperation: What has the impact been on international relations and the cooperation between various countries and international organisations? Do national actors carry the responsibility for the measures against the virus, or regional or global actors such as the EU or WHO respectively? 
And finally about equality and fairness: How can we emerge from the crisis better, fairer and more sustainable and how can we combat rising global inequalities?

Main language: This guest lecture is in English

About the speakers

Prof.dr. Jet Bussemaker

Jet Bussemaker is professor Policy, science and societal Impact, in particular in health care, at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Faculty Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) at Leiden University. 
With her interdisciplinary education and research activities Jet Bussemaker addresses the interaction between policy and health care, and the application of scientific knowledge in health care and policy practice to increase the societal impact of research. Before her professorship Jet Bussemaker was Minister of Education, Culture and Science (2012-2017). 

Prof. Bert Koenders

Bert Koenders is Professor Peace, Justice and Security at the faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands from 2014 to 2017. He is currently a professor at Leiden University and a special envoy of the World Bank. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group and a commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons.


This guest lecture will be moderated by mr.drs.Willemijn Aerdts.
Willemijn Aerdts in an expert on intelligence- and security services. She lectures in the minor Intelligence Studies. Willemijn conducts research in regard to intelligence oversight and intelligence methodology.


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