Since the Coronavirus pandemic erupted, leaders in the democratic world have used extensive powers as an immediate response to what constitute a global health crisis. These measures, going from travel bans to containment orders and closures of businesses can be seen as tests on democratic governments' commitment to liberties and civil rights. In some cases, whether the crisis has been used as an opportunity to advance political agenda has been questioned.
In other parts of the world, propaganda and opacity have been at play, with dire impacts. Not only authoritarian regimes have disregarded the needs of their populations, but their way of dealing with the crisis has been disruptive in many aspects at the global level. Experts from the US and Europe will discuss whether the political implications created by the Coronavirus crisis could affect the state of democracies around the world.