Resolution, recovery and reinvention: How Australia can help Southeast Asia respond to Covid-19
After the Covid-19 pandemic is over, we are likely to face a world in which the nations with strong foundations are stronger and the weak are further weakened. The World Bank has already predicted that 11 million additional people in East Asia and the Pacific region will fall below the poverty line, and other economic performance predictions are even more dire. In Southeast Asia, in particular, socioeconomic disparities are likely to deepen. The repercussions of Covid-19 are, in many ways, already undoing the regionalism efforts that ASEAN has been pursuing for decades.