The Trump administration sought to erode confidence in the international system, which it regarded as an affront to national sovereignty. The COVID-19 pandemic, by raising collective awareness of the need for global cooperation, may help to restore that confidence and encourage renewed commitment to multilateralism. Public opinion polls show that people around the world have greater confidence in global institutions like the World Health Organization than in national leaders like Donald Trump or Xi Jinping. The United States will continue to be an indispensable partner after Trump, but the international order will rest on a stronger footing if Washington is no longer expected to be the prime mover and contributes instead as one among equals.
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Research Article| January 01 2021
The International System After Trump and the Pandemic
Current History (2021) 120 (822): 3–8.
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Allen Hicken, Pauline Jones, Anil Menon; The International System After Trump and the Pandemic. Current History 1 January 2021; 120 (822): 3–8. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2021.120.822.3
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