Special Forum

From all sides one hears the same refrain: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be as great or greater than that of the end of the Cold War three decades earlier. Globalization will never regain its momentum, the Sino-US relationship is irreparably damaged, and countries cannot be successful straddling these two great powers without being obliged to take sides on a growing list of issues. Much of the discussion in the spring of 2020 centers directly on Sino-US relations and how they might unfold. Our challenge in this collection of articles is to consider frameworks for analyzing how Asian states will respond to this rivalry and what shape regionalism will take. This set of articles takes the perspective of the Southern Tier of Asia, from Australia to ASEAN.

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