“Changing International Relations after the COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing the Growing Gap between National and Multilateral Responses”, Anton Grizold and Andreja Jaklič (CIR, Slovenia)

Prof. Dr. Andreja Jaklič from the Centre of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) guest edited the fourth issue of Teorija in praksa in 2020 (eng. Theory and Practice). The special issue of Teorija in praksa addresses the changes in international relations after the COVID-19 pandemic, and the growing gap between national and multilateral responses. Analysing responses of different actors in international relations include insights into the effectiveness of state aid and anti-crisis measures, the revitalization of diplomacy and consular activity during the first wave of pandemic, enterprises’ responses and changes in internationalization strategies, the resilience and structural changes in global value chains, the relevance of grand theories of integration for progress in the EU, key challenges in changes in selected EU policies, strengthened EU actorness in the Western Balkans and the lessons from developed countries for developing countries’ crisis-exit strategies. Contributions in the issue link experience from the past global recession and the current crisis. Although most of the crises cannot be prevented, we can overcome them through planned learning and behaviour. It is precisely the global systemic crises that constantly teach us how important the ability of (international and domestic) cooperation is.

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