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Will Coronavirus Bring an End to Globalization?

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Luohan On Air: Will Coronavirus Bring an End to Globalization?

Many have suggested that a global health crisis or pandemic might display, as Abraham Lincoln said, "our better angels." However, coronavirus, aka COVID-19, seems to have done the exact opposite. Globally there has been an uptick in nationalism and polarization, and global cohesion seems further and further away. It is under these circumstances that Luohan Academy invites Dr. Kurt Bayer, former Board Director at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to join the Academy's weekly livestream: Luohan On Air.

In Europe, the period following the Black Death brought forth both the renaissance and enlightenment. Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to similar far-reaching, historically significant global change or alter the trajectory of globalization? In this week's show, we investigate COVID-19's long term implications on global governance, global cooperation, and the future of globalization. Tune in on Sunday, the 12th, at 9 pm CST or 9 am EST in the USA. 


Kurt Bayer 

In prior positions, Mr. Bayer was a researcher and board member at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (1971/95), Deputy Director-General for Economic Policy and International Financial Institutions at the Austrian Ministry of Finance (1995/2008), Board Director at the World Bank (2002/2004) and Board Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2008/12). He obtained degrees in law (University of Graz, Austria, 1966), international relations (Johns Hopkins Bologna Center, 1967), economics (University of Maryland, 1971).

Long Chen

Long Chen is currently the Director of Luohan Academy and Provost of the Hupan School of Entrepreneurship and serves on the IMFs Fintech advisory board. From 2014-2018 Chen was the chief strategy officer of Any Financial. He has previously held several leadership roles in China's internet, finance, regulatory and research institutions including at the People's Bank of China. 

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