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Editorial

  • ALI INAN
  • Jan, 2021
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  • The newborn world in 2021

Welcome to the newborn world in the year 2021!

A year when we look forward to the oath taking of America’s new president, Germany’s fresh leader and, certainly, how the world grapples with the post COVID-19 circumstances, and how it answers the questions in political affairs, economy and medicine. The year beacons the aggressive Chinese diplomacy and South-East Asia trapped between the two superpowers. The African continent would be looking forward to finding its best friend in an emerging superpower; while the new American administration would think of ways to counter the rise of its nemesis. South Asian reality has grown too complex that it may defy logic; similarly, the Middle Eastern existence would provide a mixture of opposites. Sandwiched between the two enigmas, the Central Asia would aspire to unlock the promise of prosperity hankered by the Chinese commitment to OBOR. Though the European question of a united continent might find answers from its century old experiences, yet there would always be a possibility of newer experiments. The year begins with promises and puzzles alike because of the increasing dissatisfaction with the existing order and yet the unlimited possibilities to avert an impending apocalypse.

After controlling the COVID 19 at home China has gone to an aggressive diplomatic policy. It provided aid to the Gulf States, Iraq, Iran and Egypt. It has become the largest strategic partner of several middle eastern countries. Most Importantly, the new middle east is ready to welcome its new benefactor. Whereas, South-East Asia remains indecisive of choosing a long term benefactor. It is perhaps the most affected region by the economic, strategic and military rivalry of China and USA. On one hand it faces the Chinese aggressive maritime and territorial claims over regions of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam in South China Sea; while on the other hand it is torn between the question of either accepting the neo-colonial hegemony of USA in the region as a balancing act, or let the Asian giants lead Asia. African Continent has been reaping benefits from the Forum on China Africa Cooperation FOCAC. The eighth FOCAC meeting is due to take place in DAKAR, the capital of Senegal. The summit is expected to attract more African heads of state than the annual UN gatherings. Trump administration has been bitterly critical of the FOCAC summits, but the new Biden administration might tone down American rhetoric against the Sino-African bonhomie. However, the skepticism would persist. Both the new American administration and the Chinese administration would have no illusions about a full reset of relations. In this backdrop, 2021 could prove a tricky year for the African policy makers as they grapple with the challenge of the pandemic.

The post pandemic world poses multiple questions. The emerging digital dictatorship and the new form of consumerism might create a different economic reality. The new business models and the technologically driven economies would simultaneously create and render obsolete several sets of employment sector. The year might prove a decisive year in redefining economic realities. As was the post industrial revolution world redefined, so the rise of digital dictatorship and artificial intelligence must also redefine economic realities in the twenty first year of the twenty first century.

However, the South Asian reality appears regressive. The conflicts remain entangled in diplomatic dances and shrouded in the mystery of hawkish narratives. Pakistan and India while looking ahead would remain burdened by history as they fail to break the shackles of ‘prisoners dilemma.’ There is still a ray of hope for the region. Pakistan looks forward to hosting the 2021 World Tourism Forum. With that Pakistan would try to promote a new brand of religious tourism in the country. Hence, providing an opportunity for cross cultural contact and confidence building measures for a peaceful and progressive future in the region. As Pakistan aspires to get itself cleared from the gray list of FATF, Pakistan also wishes to remove the grayish shroud of its relations with India. However, India’s intentions and aspirations must be revised esp. after the shame brought upon it when its fake network of lobbying against Pakistan has been exposed. The world in 2021 would not be willing to swallow more lies after the horrors of disinformation and misinformation during the past decade.

The challenge of living in an age of information would intensify in 2021. The European dilemma of defending and balancing the crisis of Free Speech would require answers in 2021, as it also threatens its social and political cohesiveness. Furthermore, in those answers the continent might find the key to its economic puzzle as well. Social Media would also look for ways to remove the anti-social stigma from it...

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