Since 9/11, more than 700,000 people have lost their lives; inter-state and civil wars in past decades have amounted to major nostalgia related to deaths, protests, causes and millennium challenges. More than seven million people are losing their battle against various forms of cancer every year; nevertheless, public hysteria has not been able to penetrate above our sense of normalized livelihoods. It is essential to understand the distinction; Covid-19 is a pandemic, and although other diseases might be genetic, the fear of easy human to human transmission is absent. These examples are an example in themselves; the mounting count of human deaths is not significant, the possibility of disrupting the finely manufactured cluster of capitalist class is however more consequential. News making has been largely disproportionate in the past century, agenda setting, and the priority of equivalent international tragedies are being determined as per the whims of interest groups. For the sake of imagination, let us compare why millions of people are forced into a lockdown with the pandemic’s measured mortality rate being less than 10%; while more than millions of troops from different nations are forced into war with higher percentage of likely deaths. Covid-19 is dangerous for humankind but there is lot at stakes. However, these propositions are not going to last anymore. Welcome to the new world order.
Before examining the possible nature of a new kind of international structure, it is vital to reflect on key learnings that the pandemic has put in front of us. Firstly, and most disappointingly, the month-long episode of the virus lacked consistency and the circulation of sensible knowledge. It has given the general public with more analytical time to reflect on news feeding. In all honesty, media outlets are living on the edge, the enormous batch of content consumers that were not readily available for interpretation before, are now examining realities inside their homes. Every other online platform is running live updates on the death counts; however, the cause of manufacturing vaccines is lacking major thrust.
The world has pierced a falsified version of how hegemony was defined in the past. The events since February has proven that humankind might have taken up the vocabulary too quickly. Major economies, if not the most powerful ones are displaying a dangerous level of unpreparedness to tackle a transmitting virus. It is necessary to put this into perspective; the world has enough atom bombs to kill the entire human race for more than thousand times but is lacking respiratory ventilators for Covid-19 patients. Even if hegemony was real, it can be deemed as merely being a loose term. Coming afoot with international co-operation has shaken things up as well. We are witnessing nation states resorting to state-of-the-art models to tackle the pandemic. For instance, South Korea is managing to test and isolate patients while compared to infected western nations. There is one more taking from the anomaly that has been unexpected. Nation states are not confident towards the expertise of one another. International co-operation will now need another definition altogether.
At present, the new global order is a dis-order. A biological intervention is largely to blame for the imbalance. Predictively, new forms of stakeholders will take birth in the coming time. Stringent border control over biohazards might become the new norm while localization in terms of work with the help of technology is proving to be highly useful. The world will greatly anticipate if not witness frequent seismic shocks and consequent precautionary actions against other possible pandemics in the future. The new order is still taking shape but will undoubtedly face inspiring arbitrations.