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COVID-19 Has Killed Globalization As We Know It, But it is Not too Late for a Different Approach

by John Zak The COVID-19 pandemic that has raged globally for the past year has fundamentally transformed the global community and how citizens act within it. I believe the pandemic is dealing a final blow to globalization in its current form. Already in decline following the rise of populist movements that gave rise to Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump, COVID-19 provided the fatal blow for whatever remnants of legitimacy the current model of globalization continued to have. The fragility of global supply chains, seen in the desperate efforts of states to acquire essential medical equipment, along with the decline of multilateralism in the absence of global cooperation or even a global response to the pandemic, underscores how this process of deglobalization has been accelerat...

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