State of Global Emergency: Rising Social Tensions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled emotions to unparalleled levels, both positive and negative. The rise of positive social response via volunteerism, philanthropy, global solidarity and the continuous heroism of healthcare professionals across the world showcase our shared humanity. However, the emotional toll COVID-19 has imposed, alongside the evident cracks of an already-faltering system has triggered a wave of hate crimes, acts of terror and violence, riots, racism and injustice across the world. In this session, Dr. Arie Kruglanski, the founding Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, will shed light on an apparently dark reality, sharing his insights on the dynamics of these acts of terror –especially during a pandemic- and how we as a collective humanity can rise above it all and find light at the end of this dark tunnel.

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