Senator Chris Murphy was the featured speaker at a Virtual Discussion Forum, “COVID-19 and Global Affairs: A View from the U.S. Senate,” hosted by the Yale Jackson Institute on May 20, 2020. He was interviewed by Jackson Senior Fellow and former Governor Howard Dean who served as the moderator. During the wide-ranging discussion, Sen. Murphy offered insights on foreign and domestic policy challenges facing the U.S. in a post-COVID world.
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Murphy spoke in-depth on issues of U.S. national security. He asserted that pandemics, a warming climate, and violence by stateless actors were the greatest threats facing our nation, not conventional military threats that currently receive so much of our nation’s budgetary resources. This is in stark contrast to our funding for global public health. “A smarter foreign policy might have prevented us at least from being in the depths of the crisis as we are today,” he said.