How The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Reshape The World
The coronavirus has become a global pandemic. It has affected various facets of human life. And so, it poses the question if it is the catalyst for the world to change down to its core.
With having no cure as of the moment, COVID-19 is seemingly shifting the dynamics of politics and economy. There are decisive changes that can already be seen right now, especially in the field of employment and industries.
Does this mean that our life will never be the same again? Is the virus mark the end of our civilization? Or will it trigger the bloom of new beginnings and possibilities?
Despite the presence of the virus, we are still about to see global events that are pivotal to the history of mankind. There are no turning points yet, which is quite surprising. However, this doesn’t mean that these things are away from the realms of possibilities. A pre-COVID-19 era and a post-COVID-19 era will really have a stark difference from one another. And of course, that could either be good or bad for us.
For regular humans, the concept of a “normal life” is no longer present. Sure enough, there have been events in the past that were able to upend the way people live. However, the virus itself will stay for a long time. The pandemic has no signs of leaving yet, which, in turn, could influence us and the things that we do on a daily basis.
On a larger scale, this pandemic will definitely affect the relationship of various nations and global leaders. There are two routes that can be projected here: worldwide cooperation or a gradual collapse of partnerships.
There are analysts that are quite optimistic about it. For one, they see the pandemic as a cure for the environmental damages that countries like China, United States, and India. Another effect is that the UAE and Iran are now starting to cooperate with one another. It is temporary, but such a scene can never be stumbled upon without the threat of the COVID-19. In the Philippines, the pandemic caused a total ceasefire with communists and rebels. There is a massive wave of global interdependence that is happening right now. Nations are now seeing the value of collective and comprehensive approaches in addressing problems and issues.
Despite these positive outcomes, the negative view will always come into surface. One who viewed the pandemic severely is Stephen Walt, a professor at Harvard University who specializes in international relations.
“The pandemic will strengthen the state and reinforce nationalism. Governments of all types will adopt emergency measures to manage the crisis, and many will be loath to relinquish these new powers when the crisis is over,” said Walt.
“COVID-19 will also accelerate the shift in power and influence from west to east. The response in Europe and America has been slow and haphazard by comparison, further tarnishing the aura of the western brand. We will see a further retreat from hyper-globalisation, as citizens look to national governments to protect them and as states and firms seek to reduce future vulnerabilities,” he continued. “In short, COVID-19 will create a world that is less open, less prosperous and less free.”
Is the prediction of Walt correct? There’s no clear answer to this question. Only time can tell. The outcome will remain subjective. Furthermore, it is not destined. There are several factors that are going to play out here. The response of people, especially those who are in power, will somehow determine the future that we are going to witness in the coming months or years.
The only thing that it is certain here is that the COVID-19 is a type of reset. Personal and worldwide landscapes will inevitably change. We are in the state where our decisions matter. The future is ready to be molded. There’s a guarantee that after the pandemic, all of the things in this world are up for grabs.
China has some blunders when it comes to handling the spread of the virus. But right now, they are the first country to recover from it. While it sounds suspicious for some, there’s a notable point here that they were able to manage it. Their measures were effective, and they are now offering their assistance to other countries that have been severely affected by the virus.
On the flip side, the United States is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. President Donald Trump’s indecisiveness has led to a feeling of incompetence.
These different situations can cause a change in the global standards in leadership and governance. If the United States can’t recover, China will dictate the rules next time.