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Aerial Norwich Campus View in early spring

SPECIAL EDITION: Thinking about COVID-19? So is Norwich faculty.

Everyone is adapting to new realities as we learn to work remotely, educate students and serve people in need and this transition has stimulated intellectual curiosities. Norwich has a series of interdisciplinary essays featuring faculty members’ perspectives on the coronavirus to help us all think through the consequences our nation is facing.

Democracy around the world — including in the United States — is on the decline, as many indices and indicators reveal. For example, in 2016 the U.S. was reclassified by the Economist Intelligence Unit from a full democracy to a “flawed democracy” for the first time. Russia too — never a robust democracy — has been sliding deeper into authoritarianism for the last several years.

What is the most compelling reason for a group of people to cause suffering to another group? Some may answer that ideological discrepancies are the root of this issue and that when these differences of worldview come to a head, they will boil over, and conflict will ensue.

In early October 2021, Fumio Kishida emerged as Japan’s new prime minister. Formerly in charge of foreign affairs, Kishida has much-needed experience promoting Japan’s diplomatic interests overseas, but less is known about his vision for national security.

Norwich University’s origins are rooted in many firsts. One of the first majors to be offered at the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, now known as Norwich University, was civil engineering — with a recognition of the need to build our nation’s infrastructure.

According to the World Bank, indigenous people account for 15 percent of the extreme poor even though they only make up 5 percent of the population, and their life expectancy is 20 years lower than that of nonindigenous people.

Unilateralism defeated

The Middle East peace process did survive the Netanyahu era as well as the suspension by the Palestinian authority of cooperation with both Israel and the United States from May to November 2020.

India has made international headlines for having the world’s worst COVID-19 case count, which now hovers near 300,000 with around 4,000 deaths daily.

Jennifer Lynn Martineau was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to a missionary mother and a Haitian father. “So I’m what you call a ‘third-culture’ kid. Which means that the culture I live in is different than the culture in my home.”

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