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The World Corona Changed
US, China and Middle Powers in the New International Order

ISBN 9780367763831
Published September 29, 2021 by Routledge
110 Pages

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Book Description

This concise book addresses the new geopolitical realm which will ensue from the coronavirus pandemic, exploring how the main international actors will position themselves in the post-Covid-19 realities.

Contrary to some analysts, the author argues that, rather than an acceleration of existing or latent trends, the post-coronavirus world will present novel and otherwise unexpected features and challenges. Even the previously ongoing tension between the US and China will morph into an additionally complex and multidimensional puzzle, making it much more difficult to manage. In this book, the author provides a few basic tools for further analysis of the evolution of the new world situation, in an innovative way. Two main axes orient how analyses will be performed: the shape and evolution of the US–China relationship (and their interactions with other international actors), and the degree of co-operation — for example, on climate change and security arrangements — in the transformed world. The author suggests that the pandemic will be responsible for new emergences and fractures, and yet our ever more divided world will at the same time support unifying forces and links, highly dependent on technological developments being shared and/or protected.

The primary objective of this book is to draw a broad picture which will serve as a frame of reference for analysing how the community of international actors will react to major challenges — be they expected or unanticipated — in the post-pandemic world. It will be of immense interest to analysts, academics, politicians and students of international relations, geopolitics, strategy, and world affairs.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Two Guiding Axes, Multiple Actors and Shifting Alliances

2. The China–US Relationship

3. Reaction I: The Fate of International Institutions

4. Reaction II: Placing the Other Countries

5. A Main Issue and a Major Example: The Digital Complex

6. Outlining Scenarios: Dynamic Sketches, Detailed Analyses

7. Conclusion

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Renato G. Flôres Jr. is Director of the International Intelligence Unit and Professor in the Graduate School of Economics at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.