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So That Happened

While the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc around much of the globe, political and business leaders are already starting to think about what the world might look like once the worst of the outbreak passes.

The forecasts aren’t good.

Collapsing governments, famine, crushed economies, and emboldened extremists are all among the darkest post-pandemic scenarios. Yet even less dramatic outlooks have a gloomy tinge, with political alliances crumbling and economies unlikely to rebound fast enough to blunt the impact of hundreds of millions of lost jobs.

Seams that were opening before the virus emerged are tearing apart faster. Bickering between the U.S. and China about the origins of and response to Covid-19 now threaten a trade deal that could help the world recover. A fight over distribution of an eventual vaccine is dividing allies. And the United Nations has been sidelined while

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