Heine Publishes Chapter in The World Before and After COVID-19

Ambassador Jorge HeineResearch Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, wrote a chapter in the recently published book by the European Institute of International StudiesThe World Before and After COVID-19.

The new publication seeks to provide a serious intellectual reflection and discussion on the nature of the world, to better understand the behavior and organization of society before and after the global coronavirus pandemic.

In his chapter, “A World (Order) Turned Upside Down,” Heine argues that the pandemic will be a turning point in the existing world order, comparable to the ones that occurred in 1918 after World War I and in 1945 after World War II. According to Heine, COVID-19 will shift the dynamics of international leadership.

An excerpt:

The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is the biggest global health crisis in a century. The United Nations Secretary-General has called it the largest humanitarian crisis since World War Two. According to the IMF, it portends the steepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. International trade is projected to fall by 24% in 2020…It will mark the end of a Western-led order and the transition to a multipolar order, in which non-Western powers like China and India, but also others, will play a much more significant role.

The full book is available online in English and Spanish.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more on him here.