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“The corona crisis is the epitome of a transboundary crisis”

The corona pandemic is a global threat and major challenge for numerous countries. The political actors therefore don’t stop at their borders on the search for solutions. International organizations take action in order to prevent a further spread of the virus—with the World Health Organization (WHO) leading the way. In this interview, newly appointed Assistant Professor for International Organizations at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, talks about why there is a kernel of truth in Donald Trump’s criticism of the WHO, and why the institution is nevertheless indispensable for global crisis management. Read More »“The corona crisis is the epitome of a transboundary crisis”

"We Can Quit the Rat Race"

The accelerating society has shut itself down: Shops have closed, air and car traffic has been significantly reduced, companies and service providers have shut down their activities, and all within a few weeks. But after the Corona crisis, where do we go next? Read More »"We Can Quit the Rat Race"

Control Your Fear by Changing Your Evaluations

The corona crisis is unsettling people around the world. Their reactions are quite different, but fear often plays a role. What does fear do to people? In fact, what is fear? In this interview, anxiety and hypnosis researcher Dr Barbara Schmidt from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Jena explains to us the fundamentals of fear, its effects, and ways in which we might be able to handle this feeling a bit better. Read More »Control Your Fear by Changing Your Evaluations

“People Sharing Misinformation Generally Do Not Act in Bad Faith“

Whether in a Facebook post, in a chain letter, or in a YouTube video — there is a huge amount of fake information on the coronavirus circulating online, claiming that the virus is no more dangerous than the common flu or that home remedies like garlic protect you from an infection, for example. In our interview, Prof. Dr Tobias Rothmund, communication and media psychologist at the University of Jena explains why such myths are a problem and what you can do if your friends and relatives are among the ones sharing them. Read More »“People Sharing Misinformation Generally Do Not Act in Bad Faith“