President Donald J. Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, Thursday, November 9, 2017, in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

How COVID-19 is Accelerating Geopolitical Shifts

COVID-19 Changing Geopolitics

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the global order was poised for disruption. Global institutions were seemingly getting weaker; the United States under the Trump administration was abdicating its traditional role as a global leader; and China was most definitely flaunting its rising power on the global stage.

Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic all these trends are still very much present — but also accelerating according to Ian Bremmer. We are seeing this impact take a lot of different shapes and forms, such as what’s happening in Hungary.

China Flaunts Its Power

Ian Bremmer is President of the Eurasia Group and President of GZero Media. In our conversation, he explains how some the big geopolitical shifts that are being exposed and hastened by COVID-19. This includes what Ian Bremmer calls “the Great Decoupling” of China and the United States. This is the idea that economic and technological interdependence between the United States and China is giving way to the creation of two separate systems, that are often in competition with each other.

We discuss that trend at length as well as how political disruptions and the coming election in the United States will impact geopolitics. If you have 20 minutes and want to understand how the Coronavirus pandemic is shaping great power politics and competition, have a listen.


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