The World Post-COVID-19
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Fareed Zakaria at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, May 21, 2012, above (Attribution: Anders Krusberg/Peabody Awards, Presented at: WindermereSun.com)
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Fareed Zakaria of CNN joined TheMunkDebates on April 15, 2020, for a Munk dialogue on the future of global affairs after COVID-19 pandemic, in the video “Munk Dialogues – Fareed Zakaria“, below:
Mr. Zakaria foresees the acceleration of current trends into the post-American world, into a world where America will no longer be the star and definer of the international system since 1989 (since the collapse of communism). In multiple international events, such as G7 or G20, to deal with COVID-19 crisis, America acted as spoiler rather than the organizer of the event, according to Zakaria. America is no longer the #1 nation in keeping its citizens safe nor behaving as the organizer for international common purpose.
Fareed Zakaria points out the weaknesses in dealing with crisis of both super powers, America and China: Chinese communistic dictatorship lacking in free flow of information and transparency; America’s inept bureaucratic functioning added to disinterest in international cooperation. Based on the success and speed in dealing with COVID-19 in Taiwan or South Korea, or Germany, Zakaria concludes that it is no longer the size or ideology of the government that matters, but competency of the government that matters. He further points out that United States at most had only spent 1% of the U.S. defense budget to prepare for pandemic such as COVID-19, therefore U.S. was unable to protect its citizens from this threat because its health care system has no surge capacity, hospitals have no surge capacity, lack of medical supplies, and lack of pandemic preparations.
Zakaria concludes: It is important to have common international agenda, be more multilateral and more global in order to broaden the prism and our horizon. Global pandemic such as COVID-19 is a global problem and requires global response and global solution rather than reflexively narrowing our perspectives. Health care in United States should be universal, not tied to one’s employment, in order to have a healthy country. It is disturbing to find the health care cost in U.S being the highest of any developed nations, yet the life expectancy of Americans is about 5 years lower than any other developed nations. The COVID-19 had accelerated the trend of increased autocracy in various countries. It is important to have competent government that would listen to the advice from scientists and experts. Finally, we need to pay serious attention to sustainability of our planet earth.
Renowned author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell was the guest on Munk Dialogues on April 9, 2020, on the world after COVID19. Malcolm Gladwell used the analogy of soccer game where the weakest link may determine the outcome of the game. In this case, Mr. Gladwell comments, “For the want of masks, the kingdom is lost.” Our vulnerabilities are numerous, scattered, and hidden. Gladwell hopes to see the post COVID-19 world taking these weak links seriously. in the video “Munk Dialogues – Malcolm Gladwell“, below:
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