“Pandemic, vaccines and power”, Eduard Soler i Lecha (CIDOB, Barcelona)

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated geopolitical dynamics that were in place before the pandemic. The global centre of gravity has shifted towards Asia, with China’s status as a great power strengthened and India’s steady rise continuing. At the same time, multilateral institutions are being challenged.

A year ago our way of life changed drastically. Some of these changes will have permanent effects. But have international relations changed to the same extent? Have the balances of power been altered? Is there more cooperation or more conflict? Most indicators suggest that, unlike the changes to interpersonal dynamics and economic relations, at international level pre-existing trends are being accelerated.

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