The invasion and desecration on January 6th of the seat of American democracy by a crowd incited by President Donald Trump was shocking enough. The deeper issue that needs to be addressed is the potency in modern times of the method he used to incite the crowd: what Adolf Hitler called “the Big Lie”.
In developing countries, a potentially massive debt crisis is brewing. This threatens also to expose fractures in the international order and the poor state of global collaboration.
There has never been a starker differential between Asian success and western failure than in the management of the health consequences of the pandemic. This has implications for how all countries should prepare for and prevent future crises.