WATCH: CN LIVE!–The Pandemic and Geopolitics

On Season 2, Episode 7 of CN Live! our panel analyzed the pandemic’s impact on geopolitics with Patrick Lawrence, Gareth Porter and Ambassador Tony Kevin.

It’s been said often, and history shows, that before there can be radical change in society, there must first be a collapse of the old order. We are potentially at such a rare moment, when the combination of an historic pandemic and a global economic unravelling has left us contemplating what transformations may lie ahead. 

We can ask whether the United States will emerge domestically with a better health care system and more equitable economy; with a totalitarian police state; or whether the nation will revert to the status quo ante.

But change may not only be afoot at home for the U.S., but also abroad, an abroad dominated by the United States since the end of the Cold War.

Join your hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria for a discussion of the geopolitical ramifications of the Covid-19 crisis with our guests: Journalists Patrick Lawrence and Gareth Porter, and former Australian ambassador Tony Kevin. Watch the replay here: 


9 comments for “WATCH: CN LIVE!–The Pandemic and Geopolitics

  1. DavidH
    April 27, 2020 at 10:39

    Thank you, CN. Really cut’n through the all the glossing out there. Hope those three will all return…together.

    I differ, though, on China’s flattening. Just seeming like no “normal” will return to our planet for a long, long time. They had a very effective response compared to everyone else, but, from the data I’m looking at, leveling off really isn’t looking like any cake walk.

    Check out “Daily confirmed new cases,” stick in jhu dot edu [John Hopkins]. Thirty thousand new ones per day? Look at the graph. I know you’ll say they’ve got 1.43 billion, but still. That any country can even find that many positives per day (or a week after the fact determine the number for a given day) boggles the mind. Actually, just the size of that nation boggles the mind (really when you get right down to it the size of many nations boggles the mind).

    Starting to like your intro music. That bridge at the beginning gives one time to get situated.

  2. Realist
    April 26, 2020 at 08:55

    The War Department and its budget is the lifeblood of the Deep State…they will not relinquish power so easily.

  3. Bob Van Noy
    April 26, 2020 at 07:01

    Many thanks to all. This was a truly enlightening episode, and most valuable because of its accurate and optimistic ending. Years ago I decided to take on Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” mostly to assure myself that I was capable of reading a book of that size. As I read it I began to see its value. Much of Tony Kevan’s final statement echoes Tolstoy’s main points.

    Indeed we have come to a point of exhaustion and the time is right for fresh thinking about the corruption which has led us to this point. One can only hope…

  4. countykerry
    April 26, 2020 at 04:25

    What an enjoyable, thought provoking program. Thank you !

  5. David Otness
    April 25, 2020 at 17:56

    Truly, 3 of my favorite people vis a vis contemporary national and international political doings.
    A good show indeed.

  6. April 25, 2020 at 14:50

    As far as Military families rebelling, with 22,000,000 unemployed and counting seems to me the Pentagon will have no problem acquiring fresh cannon fodder or rather lab rats for their Imperial Project.

  7. zhenry
    April 25, 2020 at 02:59

    One of the best CNLIVES. Each very honest about the limits of there knowledge but all contributed to a very informative session.
    To veer off track onto another CNLIVE, the one, I think the last one, re Assange and Whistleblowers in general, it featured Chris Hedges among others: I was concerned at CH’s comments about China, they seemed to repeat the the propergander line of current US foreign policy.
    Like many others, no doubt, I admire his work, so would appreciate from him an explanation/or ‘indepth’ article on some of those ‘China comments’.

  8. Ian
    April 24, 2020 at 23:29

    Unfortunately, I don’t think any kind of US domestic reform is possible while the empire still has power and dominance. The lifeblood of the system is empire, and the political class, security state, and media class will not change a thing until they’ve come down off the high of absolute power. I think the American public will also not be able to conceive of or force reforms while caught totalizing illusion of American/capitalist supremacy and the normality and universality of the cruelty and inequality here.

  9. cjonsson1
    April 24, 2020 at 23:03

    Very good show! Thank you all.

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