The 9th International Conference on Business, International Relations and Diplomacy


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The world has been disturbed by COVID-19 which was known as the Novel Corona Virus emerged in Wuhan, a city in China in November 2019. It has spread out to all over the world within a short period of time. It was declared as global pandemic by WHO (world Health organization) for it spreads to more than 200 countries in the world. As of April 14, 2020, this pandemic has reached up to 1,9995,947 cases in the world which United States as the most affected country.   This global pandemic has reached out more than 210 countries and killed 126,537 people in the world (worldometer, 2020). Covid-19 has changed the world dynamic social, political and economic relations. Most countries leaders have controlled their citizen social interaction in the form of lockdown, restricted movement, and social distancing. They also controlled territorial borders which have affected their own domestic and international economic activities.

The relevance of the state is prevalent due to the highest order in society in managing the pandemic. The State has to take over all charges in ensuring that Covid-19 pandemic manageable and stop from spreading out wider in society. The state has to control economic activities which has been usually taken over by the market. In international level, the state has to control its territorial borders in order to stop the spread of the pandemic. The state leaders must adopt their diplomatic communication from the conventional way- face to face diplomacy to highly technological and digital diplomacy. The relations between state to state has gradually taken different method and used high technological instruments with the usage of Internet, big data and Artificial Intelligence.

Against this backdrop, the 9th International Conference on Business, International Relations, and Diplomacy will be conducted under the theme “Business, International relations, and Diplomacy during COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges, Responses, and Consequences.”  The 9th International Conference on Business, International Relations and Diplomacy (ICOBIRD 2020) will welcome papers from different perspectives, schools of thought and multidisciplinary areas of intellectual discourse. The papers can be theoretical in nature or based on empirical case studies from any state or region of the world. Some issues covered include (but not limited to) to the following subtopics:

  • Global Pandemic challenges on human global health
  • States’ response to  COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Political Communication during Covid-19 Pandemic
  • People mobility during Covid-19 Pandemic
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and human security
  • ASEAN in combating COVID-19 pandemic
  • Transformation in the global economy post COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and Global Business
  • Diplomacy in Southeast Asia during COVID-19 Pandemic 2020
  • Foreign Policy and international politics during the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Politics and governance in Asia Pacific in dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Great economic crisis and Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Sustainable development goals and the challenge of COVID-19 Pandemic


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