There is a great global misalignment; at the very moment co-operation is more vital than ever to address urgent challenges, it is in decline. 

In late June, referencing the fractured response to the Covid-19 crisis, UN secretary-general António Guterres warned that “there is total lack of co-ordination among countries”. Some have gone further, drawing on examples from history and comparing the global quest for a Covid-19 vaccine to the space race between the US and the Soviet Union, in which each side was looking to “win” at the expense of the other...

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