For the past 75 years, the U.S. and its allies have led a rules-based system predicated on liberal democratic values, an open global economy, and formal institutional bodies backed by powerful democratic states. While this order has not gone unchallenged, there is little argument that the current pandemic threatens the future of the system at large.
Even before the pandemic started, there were tell-tale signs of deglobalization, rising anti-immigration sentiment, and great power competition. Could COVID-19 tip the balance against global cooperation and multilateralism and embolden an escalation of nationalism, populism, protectionism, and authoritarianism? Is it too late for a rules-based order that works to guarantee freedom, prosperity, and peace be salvaged through a decisive global and US-led response to the pandemic?
What will response, recovery, and leadership look like? Join us for a look at potential scenarios and strategic approaches to a post-COVID-19 world with Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
Dr. Mathew J. Burrows serves as the director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Dr. Burrows was appointed counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in 2007 and director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in 2010. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks. Burrows received a PhD in European history from Cambridge University, England.
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