The United States and Pakistan are two very different countries facing a common, invisible existential threat. With a combined population of over 500 million people, COVID-19 has both societies reeling as they face an uncertain future. How these two nations react will reflect their very different ways of life, as well as their common humanity. Viewed as extreme exogenous shock to both societies, COVID-19 is putting the cultural institutional framework of both the United States and Pakistan through a stress test. Social scientists have the opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of this framework and think about therapies for the nations going forward.
Click here to watch video presentations from Phase I
The Parallel Pandemic Project
Phase I occurred in the summer of 2020 and involved scholars, faculty, and students from the United States and Pakistan.
Phase II is set to begin in the fall of 2020 and into spring 2021.
The Parallel Pandemic Project has been made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Consulate General – Karachi