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

2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 10, 2019.
2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 10, 2019. Scott Morgan/Reuters

A renewed American internationalism is both desirable and possible, but it will only be sustainable if a change of national mindset accompanies it. 

May 11, 2020

2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 10, 2019.
2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 10, 2019. Scott Morgan/Reuters
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In my weekly column for World Politics Review, I outline a set of principles to guide U.S. foreign policy in the wake of the current pandemic.

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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The future of the world order is not preordained, but one thing seems certain. The arc of history will depend heavily on whether the post-coronavirus United States embraces constructive internationalism or clings to its current, disastrous course under President Donald Trump.

Read the full World Politics Review article here.

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