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Jakarta Post

Insight: COVID-19: The challenge to multilateralism and regionalism

  • Jusuf Wanandi

  /   Wed, June 3 2020   /  09:12 am

One of the geopolitical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the weakening of the multilateralism-based international order. On current trends, multilateralism will become irrelevant in the future; thus, from the geopolitical and security point of view, COVID-19 is similar to climate change and nuclear weapons as global threats to humanity. It is a threat that is direct, i.e. not needing an intermediate vehicle or mechanism.Efforts to support multilateralism must be increased. This will not be easy, as the United States, under President Donald Trump, has been pursuing policies that go against multilateralism. For the US, unilateralism, as evident in its “America First”, has been the main policy in recent years. We are always perplexed when the US opposes good policies, but nonetheless we should proceed with what we have agreed upon, such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change ...