In this Expert Insight Interview, Dr. Maha Aziz discusses her latest book Global Spring: Predictions for a Post-Pandemic World. Dr. Maha Aziz investigates global risk and prediction in her work as a professor in the MA International Relations program at the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is also a risk expert for the World Economic Forum and the author of Future World Order and the recently released Global Spring: Predictions for a Post-Pandemic World.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- Dr. Maha Aziz’s books and what they reflect on
- The crisis of political legitimacy the world finds itself in
- The evolution of hate and the trend of xenophobia we have experienced
Future World Order
Dr. Aziz’s first book Future World Order reflected on the fact that in the past decade, we’ve seen a global legitimacy crisis emerge, where the status quo was disrupted geopolitically, politically, economically, and socially. For instance, there has been a big question mark over our geopolitical structure in the past decade.
We had been challenging US hegemony even before the Trump years and going into the Biden era; there is still a big question mark on who is in charge. From Dr. Maha’s perspective, we live in a leaderless world, which creates more risk.
Crisis of Political Legitimacy
If we reflect on the last decade and what we will see going forward, there is this crisis of political legitimacy. Beyond the Arab Spring region, and since that happened, we have seen challenges to the political status quo in most parts of the world.
There is a growing sense among citizens that there must be a better way to govern, so we’ve seen these bursts of citizen-led unrest against governments, policies, and leaders in every region. Dr. Aziz believes this will persist as we ease into a post-pandemic era.
Evolution of Hate
It is also important to realize that we have been amidst a global identity crisis in the last decade and going into the next one. We have seen a trend of hate, xenophobia, and extremism.
This “evolution of hate” has spanned from Islamist extremism to Buddhist extremism, Hindu extremism, far-right extremism, and this dangerous xenophobia that has persisted during the pandemic and will continue.
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