The World Order After COVID-19 Hinges on What Kind of America Emerges

President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 2, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 2, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Since reports of a novel coronavirus outbreak in China emerged around the new year, the lion’s share of attention has focused on immediate efforts to contain and respond to the pathogen that has now infected millions around the world and killed nearly 300,000 people, according to official counts. As the initial wave crests in many countries, observers are debating how the pandemic might reshape the world order, including prospects for international cooperation. Some anticipate accelerated U.S. decline and the advent of a more multipolar world. Others predict a deepening authoritarian turn worldwide, with an emboldened China atop the global standings. […]

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