Future of Global Power: Project Syndicate

The world wars of the 20th century weakened the British Empire and strengthened the United States; the Cold War weakened the Soviet Union while again strengthening the United States. Yet Covid-19 could upend US power as the world assesses pandemic responses. The Trump administration, managing the pandemic response ahead of the November election, blames China for Covid-19. US voters, polarized over most issues, generally approve of tough policies on China – rejecting authoritarianism, intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices and more. Joschka Fischer, writing for Project Syndicate, questions if the United States can provide global leadership while evading responsibility. “While the US remains mired in short-term thinking, China is establishing itself as an alternative source of global leadership and investment, patiently pursuing a long-term strategy to exploit the geopolitical vacuum created by America’s inward turn,” he writes. “In any case, the blow to America’s international image, especially following the Trump administration’s disastrous failure in the face of COVID-19, will be hard to repair. The pandemic is reinforcing the general impression that the US is a decadent superpower, soon to be supplanted by a strategically deft and economically dynamic China.” Other countries, caught in the middle, must encourage cooperation, long-term planning and human rights. – YaleGlobal

Future of Global Power: Project Syndicate

The Covid-19 pandemic intensifies the Sino-American rivalry – both countries pursue a zero-sum vision, yet only China has a long-term strategy
Joschka Fischer
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Read the article from Project Syndicate about how the Covid-19 pandemic could disrupt global powers.

Joschka Fischer was German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, a term marked by Germany's strong support for NATO's intervention in Kosovo in 1999, followed by its opposition to the war in Iraq. Fischer entered electoral politics after participating in the anti-establishment protests of the 1960s and 1970s, and played a key role in founding Germany's Green Party, which he led for almost two decades.

Jobs vs Health: Poll on Covid-19 Priorities		 	Save jobs, restart economy over taking every precaution	Save as may lives as possible China 	44%	56% S Korea	36%	64% India	36%	64% US	34%	66% Germany	34%	66% France	30%	70% UK	27%	73% Canada	27%	73% Japan	24%	76% Global	33%	67%
Trust: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the government emerged as a trusted institution; the survey sampled more than 13,200 respondents in 11 nations, (Source: 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer Spring Update)

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