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May 23, 2020

This week The New Normal in Asia series continues the exploration of ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic might shape or reorder the world across multiple dimensions. In the fourth essay of the series, Kenneth B. Pyle sounds a warning call on several challenges that have become all the more urgent as a result of the pandemic. For an in-depth companion read, I recommend Dr. Pyle’s chapter on international order and the rise of Asia (free for a limited time) from the Strategic Asia archives. And touching on the technological revolution—one of the forces named in Professor Pyle’s essay—is NBR’s new report on 5G in South Korea.

Launched barely over a month ago, “The New Normal in Asia” series has fostered new conversations, including a video discussion on the second essay in the series with Ashley J. Tellis that was conducted by the American Interest and is well worth watching. This is the kind of dialogue I hoped to ignite with this ongoing series, and I look forward to more.

Roy Kamphausen
President, National Bureau of Asian Research

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