On Wednesday 16 June 2021, Professor Petra Goedde (Temple University) gave an online lecture on “America’s Conflicted Relationship with Globalization in the Age of Covid.”
Professor Goedde explained how the pandemic laid bare the tensions between globalization and nationalism in many parts of the world.
In the United States anti-globalization fervor had been stoked by President Trump even before the outbreak of the pandemic, as he engaged in economic protectionism and vowed to build a wall to keep unwanted immigrants out. Once the pandemic reached the United States, nationalist rhetoric and policies intensified. Yet the closing of borders, the protectionist policies, and the effort to blame other nations, especially China, for bringing the virus into the country, contrasted sharply with the knowledge that global scientific and political cooperation was vital for fighting against the virus.