Geopolitics, Pandemic, and the G20
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Geopolitics, Pandemic, and the G20


The pandemic shifted the world’s geopolitical balance. And now, India must contend with the fallout of the Ukraine war on member states of the G20 and their respective positions. The debate over the need for an IP waiver on vaccines has caused a widening cleavage between Europe and countries of the Global South, and sparked debate over the right balance between public health, private profit, and future innovation. The disruptions to global trade caused by the pandemic and conflicts, and the failure of the COP26 process to address planetary warming and unlock climate funding for developing nations have added to a growing sense of crisis and tumult. In this context, could India’s presidency emerge as the arena where these differences can be reconciled? Can India’s timeless tradition of being able to reconcile different points of view help put a global grouping like the G20 back on an even keel? How can the Indian presidency manage the disruptions caused by interruptions to financial flows and global trade?

APLN board member Manpreet Sethi participated in the India Think Tank Forum and pointed out that the primary drivers pushing the case for nuclear energy are climate change, the Russia Ukraine conflict and how oil and gas have been weaponised. Europe is now beginning to consider nuclear power as the answer.

Geopolitics, Pandemic, and the G20 || India Think Tank Forum 2022 || ORF ||

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