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COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands of people and infected millions while also devastating the world economy. What will a post-COVID world order look like? Johns Hopkins University convened experts from within and outside of the university to discuss world order after COVID-19. Much work needs to be done to improve our national and global health capabilities, and to elevate health threats to a higher priority in our national—and international—security frameworks. Experts in public health and medicine, economics, international security, technology, ethics, democracy, and governance imagine a bold new vision for our future.

See live keynotes and conversations by JHU President Ron Daniels, former Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence H. Summers, among other notable experts determined to find the best path forward.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank, in support of Johns Hopkins' food distribution efforts in East Baltimore during this period of food insecurity due to COVID-19.

Praise for the Book

“The post-COVID world will raise profound challenges for policymakers in Washington and around the world. This outstanding volume brings together insights from visionary thinkers from a broad range of disciplines to help us navigate this uncharted territory.” 
Ambassador Susan E. Rice, former national security advisor to President Barack Obama

"Hal Brands and Frank Gavin have assembled an all-star cast of writers to peer into the future of world order after COVID-19—what it means for U.S.-China relations, American grand strategy, technological innovation and competition, global public health, and many other subjects. If you want to know how the world will change—and how it won't—after COVID, you cannot afford to miss this book. It is a must read.”
 —Stephen J. Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush

“COVID-19 attacked the world at a time when the international system was already under great stress. This volume brings together the best minds, from across the disciplines, to understand why the world was fracturing before COVID and how we might construct a more effective and just world order after COVID. An essential read.”
—Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot Professor at Harvard University and former Treasury
Secretary of the United States

“The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that the international order has reached a historic inflection point. This book provides an excellent tour de horizon of current and future global challenges, as well as thoughtful debates about how the United States can navigate an increasingly complex world.”
 —Jake Sullivan, former national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

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