“The World After the Pandemic: European Unity and the Challenge of Reviving Multilateralism”, Sonia Bianconi (IAI, Italy)

Covid-19 has dramatically re-focussed the world’s attention on the adverse implications of globalisation. Coming on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis, the global pandemic has further weakened the image and credibility of the United States, causing the West to lose appeal compared to a more authoritarian but equally efficient East. Different schools of thought exist on the pandemic’s geopolitical impact. Some see the health crisis as an event of historic magnitude, others maintain that Covid-19 has not really changed anything and others still believe the pandemic has acted as a mere accelerator of phenomena well underway prior to the advent of Covid-19.

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