We have built global supply chains. Benefits of lower cost and access to new markets bring interdependence, in a world at peace. With Covid-19, the tension between China and the US, and increasing demands for rare earths, minerals, and national control of desired products, like medicine or face masks, new voices have been raised.
How will the pandemic change global supply lines, with calls for economic nationalism. To what level can the United States be economically self-sufficient? Can any nation achieve that level? If our security depends upon imports of required products, how do we protect ourselves in an ever more divided world? This topic is among the Great Decisions 2021 Topics from the Foreign Policy Association.
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