The 60th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
Global Resilience after the Pandemic
April 6-8, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has already killed over 1 million people, and will likely cost the global economy over $10 trillion. It has also demonstrated vulnerabilities in international institutions and national healthcare systems. With that said, the crisis is not over yet, and there are still significant challenges to overcome regarding economic recovery, food security, and vaccination.
Nonetheless, COVID-19 has provided the international community the opportunity to prepare itself for future international crises such as a future pandemic, natural disaster or climate change. The pandemic brought a different response from the leaders of every country it struck, and some societies were damaged much less than others. The conference will seek to identify best practices in pandemic preparedness.
The pandemic also exposed flaws in global supply lines for food, medicine and personal protective equipment. The conference aims to describe ways in which those systems can become more resilient to protect human lives, promote equality, maintain economic opportunity and create a workable daily existence for people around the world.
Established in 1960, the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference brings together more than 150 undergraduate students from the United States and over a dozen foreign countries every year for three days of critical discussions, lectures, informal exchanges, and social events.