Undercurrents 95: COVID-19 update, and how NATO survived Trump

Why is a global response to the pandemic proving so difficult to deliver? And how did Jens Stoltenberg respond to President Trump’s challenge?

Audio Published 21 December 2021 58 minute listen

As the new omicron variant spreads across the globe, and vaccine distribution continues to reveal inequities between the global North and South, Mariana catches up with Rob Yates to find out where things stand going into 2022.  

Then Ben is joined by Leonard Schuette, whose recent article in International Affairs highlights the role played by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in managing the challenge posed to the organisation by the presidency of Donald Trump. They discuss the history of US grievances with NATO, what the Trump episode reveals about the influence of the Secretary-General, and the prospects for the organisation’s engagement with the Biden administration.