Redefining the Global “New Normal” After Covid-19

By Ooi Kee Beng

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PUNDITS ARE COMPARING the Covid-19 pandemic to the “Spanish Flu” of 1918 to tease out lessons for how to combat future pandemics. However, the world back then and the world today are very different. If what we are searching for is approaches that can help us strengthen resilience on a global scale, the period following the Second World War may be more relevant than the period following the First World War. It is the Second World War then that should...

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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: