This issue of Jadal comes in the midst of our confrontation with the Coronavirus pandemic, and its global social, political and economic impact on human life.

Pandemics reveal uncomfortable truths about the present organization of human societies. They show us what the political, social and healthcare structures of states really are really comprised of. We are forced to interrogate these things afresh, just as they are being vigorously stress-tested by the current crisis. Coronavirus also has us looking back at historical instances of pandemics, such as the plague in medieval Europe and Spanish flu in the early twentieth century. What political and social transformations did those historical experiences herald? How have the priorities of our current world order been brought into question by Coronavirus?

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