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Multilateralism or antagonism?


An alliance of democratic countries against an alliance of authoritarian states, the current global political trend, does not serve the cause of international cooperation

An alliance of democratic countries against an alliance of authoritarian states, the current global political trend, does not serve the cause of international cooperation

U.S. President Donald Trump wears a protective face mask as he watches as a patient donate plasma at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool – RC2W3I9VUYHW

The crisis provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of the largest and most significant events to hit the world since World War II, with repercussions across multiple areas of people’s lives, from health to economics, security to human rights. The virus has had the paradoxical effect both of highlighting the importance of international cooperation and of amplifying the trends in today’s world that are making cooperation more difficult. In that sense, it appears as a critical moment for multilateralism, as for so many other areas of life.

The crisis of multilateralism

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