The urge to isolate in a small capsule—be it a nation, country, religion, or ideology—and to try to ignore the approaching fires outside is more widespread than was perhaps expected in the more optimistic times when the Berlin Wall fell. COVID-19 has demonstrated that we tend to act instinctively, and not necessarily rationally, when facing a crisis.
- Can global concerns be avoided by staying at home?
- How can shutting the state’s border be a solution, when there are problems that do not care about nation states’ borders, be it pandemic, migration or climate change?
- What are the lessons of the pandemic for states and for the wider international community?