"The New Normal in Asia" series explores ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic might shape or reorder the world across multiple dimensions.


The world has been shaken by the pandemic as only global war, revolutions, or natural disasters can achieve. To help readers understand the parameters of the “new normal” environment, we are inviting experts from the NBR network to explore ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic might shape or reorder the world across multiple dimensions.

In the April 18 inaugural essay, Nicholas Eberstadt (AEI) set the stage for the series with a sweeping look at the tectonic economic shifts underway, the likely enduring centrality of Asia in a post-pandemic world, the impending global reckoning with China, and the imperative for U.S. leadership. We invite you to join us over the coming months for a glimpse of a very different future from the one any of us might have imagined at the start of 2020.

In the Media

Aaron Friedberg: On Increasing Tensions in the U.S.-China Relationship (Conversations with Bill Kristol, May 26, 2020)