Tutor profile: Fernando M.
Subject: Public Policy
What public health policies is the US revising to aid in the management of the current CoV SARS-2 pamdemic?
One of the main revisions that the federal government is conducting to its CMS health policies is the allocation of increased funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accelerated/advanced payment program. Since the COVID pandemic started, the federal government has allocated almost $34 billion to the health care providers battling the COVID19. The federal government has streamlined the process CMS implemented for COVID19 and reducing times for advanced or accelerated payments to an average of 2-4 days. The payments are available for Medicare Part A and Part B providers and suppliers. These changes are part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force efforts in response to COVID19 that the US media isn't informing the public about.
Subject: Political Science
To what extent does Japan depend on Russian hydrocarbon exports? (Topic: Political Economy)
Russian natural gas markets continue to attract the attention of exporters; with LNG exports growing, the expectation is that alternative sources of power (oil and nuclear) will gradually go offline due to higher energy production costs and risks. In the case of Russian exports to Japan specifically, Japan’s energy situation is undergoing huge changes in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 which will push LNG imports to record highs as nuclear reactors close. In the near-term Japanese LNG demand is forecast to decline with COVID19 expected to have a global impact on LNG and other hydrocarbon commodity trade.
Subject: International Relations
How are Russia and China framing global perception of US response to COVID19 and what actions does the US need to implement to remain competitive in the gray zone of information?
The Kremlin appears to be spreading disinformation about coronavirus with the purpose of provoking mistrust and aggravating the US government response to the crisis. The European Union has collected numerous samples of disinformation from Russian sources and proxies since the crisis started. Russian narratives have framed the pandemic as a biological weapon that was deployed by the US or the UK. On China, ZDNET has published a piece on a study conducted by Stanford University that speculates about the origins of the pandemic. The study appears to reveal how Chinna's propaganda tactics have interacted with news reporting, social media and US-China tensions -- all resulting in high-profile misinformation about the global public health crisis. In the Asia-Pacific Region specifically, the US needs to change its approach to COVID to remain competitive in the gray zone of information. The US must work with Japan, Korea, Australia, and regional partners and decide what actions, narratives, and engagements they need to implement to counter Chinese and Russian information operations. Lastly, the US must develop and employ response options to demonstrate commitment to global COVID relief efforts and support for allies and partners experiencing distress.
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