“Power had visibly ebbed away from the United States.” – Nic Robertson, CNN
“The pandemic could reshape the world order,” says CNN’s Nic Robertson, as “Trump’s chaotic strategy is accelerating US losses.”
Analysis by Nic Robertson, CNN |
May 23, 2020 |
London (CNN) – Europe outright rejected US President Donald Trump’s vision of the world this week.
Tensions between these historic democratic allies that have been simmering since Trump came to office three years ago have now come to a boil during the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 has shocked the world by the speed of its spread, but it is also accelerating another global change in the balance of power — and not in America’s favor.
The extent of the divide became clear on Tuesday during a vote at the World Health Organization annual assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, backing Europe’s conciliatory approach to China relating to an investigation into the outbreak.
Power had visibly ebbed away from the United States as its demand for a tougher approach was dismissed, a move that should sound alarm bells in Washington.
Five months into 2020 and it already feels like a new era: now there is only BC and AC — before and after coronavirus.
Suddenly the dynamics of almost every single geopolitical dispute are being exacerbated by the pandemic, sharpened by the complexity and urgency of the situation.
Chief among these is the perennial, three-way battle for dominance between the US, Europe and China.
Despite Trump’s early hailing of Xi Jinping’s handling of the pandemic, he has since blamed the Chinese President for covering up the early stages of China’s outbreak. Beijing has consistently denied such accusations, and criticized the US approach to the pandemic.
Trump has also sought to blame the WHO for siding with China, and cut almost $500 million in funding to the United Nations body.
He doubled down Monday telling the agency he will permanently pull US funding if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days.”
Despite deep concerns about China’s handling of the pandemic, European leaders backed the WHO resolution calling for “a stepwise process of impartial independent and comprehensive evaluation … ” Read more.
Are We Ready To Embrace A New World Order?
May 22, 2020
FORBES – As the Coronavirus outbreak plays out, we feel these effects locally and globally. Through these surreal times, we all have gotten closer and engaged in more direct ways, face to virtual face and less passive interactions with our devices.
With our quarantined partners, we play more board games; we watch TV together; we spend more time in real-life conversation; and we eat together at the dinner table.
In a world where we crave social connection, we continue to find ways to interact outside our environment despite our isolation.
We have greater empathy as the virus is here to stay, so we are compelled to change the way we think and the way we behave.
For once, the world is in sync. Covid-19 has hit all of us – all cultures, all time zones, all walks of life. Immunity is a non sequitur.
Collectively, we battle the Coronavirus – it is part of our daily life. We are at war with mother nature. Perhaps, she is giving us a lesson from nature, enabling us to rethink what we’ve known as truth, to change our ways and redesign how we live, work, interact with each other, and redefine access to our supply chain.
The Coronavirus has claimed its victims. The IMF predicts 2020 will “contract sharply” by -3%, much worse than the 2008-2009 Financial crisis.
What this pandemic has revealed is an industry completely unprepared to manage the fallout.
It has exposed many companies that are bloated and have more than enough staffing to do the tasks needed for companies to survive.
North American companies have altered the working hours for employees (40%) or have frozen hiring (28%). We’ve witnessed a higher proportion of workers being laid off work (15%) or continue to work with reduced pay (17%) … Read more.