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    Green Today, Gone Tomorrow?

    The COVID-19 crisis represents an unexpected opportunity to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable and resilient economy. But as societies start to emerge from the pandemic, will the temptation to return to business as usual prove too great?

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    Which Exit?

    Some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 are slowly starting to emerge from lengthy lockdowns as their infection rates decline. But how can governments restart the economy while protecting public health?

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    The China Blame Game

    The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the war of words between China and the United States, with each side blaming the other for the crisis. Just when international cooperation is arguably more necessary than ever, the world’s two leading powers are making it impossible.

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    Multilateral Medicine

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    1. Gordon Brown,
    2. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    3. Ian Goldin,
    4. Arancha González,
    5. Robert Muggah,
    6. Carmen M. Reinhart,
    7. Kenneth Rogoff,
    8. Lawrence H. Summers,
    9. Chema Vera

    Global cooperation has come under heavy fire from nationalists and populists in recent years. But coordinated international action is essential to combating the COVID-19 pandemic – and other pressing global problems, too.

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    Will Europe Lead or Lag?

    In the absence of a strong, coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the job of leading the world out of the crisis remains vacant. Should the European Union, seeking to position itself as a diplomatic superpower between the hard powers of China and America, nominate itself for the position?

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    The Post-Pandemic World

    As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens, many fear that it will not only exact a terrible human and economic toll, but also that it will deepen today’s crisis of globalization and global governance. But the pandemic might yet shake up international politics for the better.

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    The Great Contagion

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    1. Arkebe Oqubay,
    2. Anders Åslund

    The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 crisis is confronting the global economy with its biggest test since 2008. But with mechanisms of international coordination having been weakened by populist politics in recent years, will policymakers be able to mount an aggressive and effective response?

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    Viral Panic

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    1. Harold James

    The new COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread rapidly around the world. With markets plummeting and fear rampant, the prospects for the global economy look increasingly bleak.

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    The Future of Global Power

    Joschka Fischer

    Although the Sino-American rivalry was escalating long before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, it has since been thrown into overdrive. But while both countries are pursuing a zero-sum vision of the future, only one is doing so with a long-term strategy.

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