COVID-19, and REOPENING UPDATES: Click Here for Additional Information and Resources.

Skip navigation

July 2020: Coronavirus tests international cooperation and geopolitical order

The Brief

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 has subsided in some countries, but is surging in others. As the global response continues to evolve, the school's experts discuss international cooperation and the shifting geopolitical order.
 
Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger told Bloomberg the pandemic will last longer “if many countries choose to insulate themselves from the rest of the world and fail to act with others.” 
 
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brands discussed the role the U.S. could play in global efforts to combat coronavirus in the Boston Herald, telling the outlet “there is no substitute for American leadership and trying to summon the world to tackle world challenges.” 

Associate Professor of International Political Economy Matthias Matthijs noted the absence of U.S. support during the crisis in a Johns Hopkins Hub interview, adding “there could be real geopolitical consequences” from Russia and China providing coronavirus assistance to EU countries. 
 
Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder told CNN India that China is using its success combating COVID-19 and dispute with India to “show it’s a major power to be dealt with.” 
 
Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute Carla Freeman argued in Foreign Affairs that “China may see its relative international influence strengthened over the course of the pandemic, but this will be due mainly to U.S. policy failures rather than Chinese successes.” 
 
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Francis Fukuyama wrote in Foreign Affairs that “over the years to come, the pandemic could lead to the United States’ relative decline, the continued erosion of the liberal international order, and a resurgence of fascism around the globe.”  
 
The Brief highlights Johns Hopkins SAIS expertise on current events and is produced monthly by the Office of Marketing and Communications.