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This article was originally submitted by Mustafa Rehman
One thing is for sure: nothing will be the same, ever again. This is what the immediate future looks like.
As humanity and the entire world grapples; with the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is quite difficult to predict a future in these testing times. However, a number of foreign policy experts have weighed in; to envision the status quo in the post-coronavirus world.
While world leaders have taken a number of nationalist and protectionist measures, this has led to a strong reinforcement of nationalist values and ideas. The thought of conserving and preserving; what is already in the hands of the country, while shutting out all outside influences and factors, will lead to a world; that is less open, less free and less accommodating. With travel bans and new immigration policies, it seems as if the death of globalization or the “global village”, as we know it, is near.
This means that permanent changes that have occurred to political and economic systems across the world will remain firmly in place.
Populist and conservative politics seems to have become the new norm. With such strong measures in place, governments all over the world will be much more reluctant to relax and ease the strong measures that they have taken to combat the coronavirus.
One of the biggest changes that have been forecasted has been that of the tremendous power shift from West to East. Countries such as Singapore, New Zealand and China, despite being the origin point and epicentre of the coronavirus, have performed exceptionally well in combating the virus. However, traditional powers such as the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have really struggled to develop a consistent and effective approach to the pandemic.
Other experts have pointed towards the strong possibility of the world moving towards a China-centric globalization model. This means that the US, despite having been the world leader in most aspects ever since the end of the Cold War and the split of the Soviet Union in 1991, will lose out on its position.