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WGS Explores Post-COVID-19 Future Scenarios

15 June 2020


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In line with its efforts to enhance the capabilities of governments to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and build a better future for humanity, the World Government Summit Organization explored the future scenarios of the global order post the Covid-19 pandemic and the role of governments in addressing the current crisis, through analyzing its latest developments and impacts on governments.

The WGS virtual series “COVID-19 & Governments” held until June 26th focus on enhancing the work of governments and developing the best tools and solutions to support decision making through exploring future scenarios in vital sectors and discussing global emerging trends to enable governments to take advantage of the opportunities of moving forward.

In a session titled “Does COVID-19 Mean a New Global Order?”, Dr. John Chipman, Director General and CEO of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of Atlantic Council, discussed three future scenarios between the world continuing in a downward spiral, rising powers in the East gaining momentum and assuming the role of leadership, or a global conversion towards recovery.

The speakers addressed the current US situation and the need to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic around the world, to help maintaining the global order and sustaining the “Belt and Road” initiatives through a Digital Silk road, rather than physical infrastructure.

Dr. John Chipman and Frederick Kempe discussed the predicted future scenarios in the short and long terms, the prevailing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the absence of a global superpower, and how governments can deal with uncertainty and the ever-changing global landscape.