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May 25, 2021

Many believe that COVID-19 has exposed everything that’s wrong with decades of the world’s governments betting on militarism, competition, and wealth creation. But is a better world really possible after this crisis?

Author John Feffer collected insight from dozens of the world’s leading thinkers and activists to answer this question, and he joined us to discuss the opportunity for transformative change. Offering an analysis of our current moment, collected in his book The Pandemic Pivot, Feffer shared the global issues through eight in-depth discussions with a brain trust: Green recovery, the global economy, migrants and refugees, budget priorities, and more. Feffer’s analysis offered an actionable framework that endeavors to demonstrate how equity and cooperation aren’t just nice principles—they’re survival strategies for the future of humanity. As vaccines introduce a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, and the world imagines what we can look like after this and prevent the next crisis, this conversation is more urgent than ever before.

John Feffer is director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author, most recently, of The Pandemic Pivot: A Report from the Institute for Policy Studies, The Transnational Institute, and Focus on the Global South, and Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams. He is the author of several other books, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USAToday, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications.

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