Covid-19 Exclusives: Time to Dare Imagine the Best Possible New Normal

By Ooi Kee Beng

May 2020 PICKING ON THE PAST
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THERE WERE FOREWARNINGS that something like the Covid-19 pandemic would hit the world; and yet, it came as a big surprise to most governments. To those that did act early, it was still too little and too late in most cases.The virus was able to spread so quickly and vastly thanks to the world being so fervently connected through high-speed mass travel and globe-spanning supply and trading chains, which had been increasing at an exponential rate over recent decades. Luckily...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: wikibeng.com