The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the first global public health emergency since 1918, the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the greatest geopolitical tensions in decades. Global governance mechanisms failed. Yet, East Asian countries (with caveats) managed to control COVID-19 better than most other countries and to increase their cooperation toward economic integration, despite their position on the security frontline. What explains this East Asian COVID paradox in a region devoid of strong regional institutions?
In his new book, UBC Political Science Professor Yves Tiberghien argues that high levels of institutional preparation, social cohesion, and global strategic reinforcement in a context of situational convergence explain the results. It relies on high-level interviews and case studies across the region.
You can read the book for free at the link below until August 30, 2021.
We spoke to Prof. Tiberghien about what it was like researching and writing about COVID-19 during the pandemic. Read the interview below.