Less globalization, more multilateralism

Less globalization, more multilateralism

This article was originally published by Project Syndicate.

With the COVID-19 catastrophe having laid bare the vulnerabilities inherent in a hyper-connected, just-in-time global economy, a retreat from globalization increasingly seems inevitable. To some extent, this may be desirable. But achieving positive outcomes will depend on deep, inclusive, and effective multilateralism.

One of the most powerful drivers of support for deglobalization is the vulnerability of production models that rely on long and complex global supply chains, which have sacrificed robustness and resilience at the altar of short-term efficiency and cost reduction. With many companies and industries dependent on faraway suppliers—and lacking any alternatives—no part of such value chains can function unless all parts do. And as the COVID-19 crisis has shown, one never knows when parts will stop functioning. Read more: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/less-globalization-more-multilateralism/?utm_campaign=Global%20Economy%20and%20Development&utm_medium=email&utm_content=89543355&utm_source=hs_email

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