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Robbin F. Laird's 2020: A Pivotal Year? Navigating Strategic Change at a Time of COVID-19 Disruption is a collection of essays and articles by numerous authors. As the world was unexpectedly and suddenly disrupted by COVID-19, which started in 2019 and became more severe in 2020, the world is in serious need of deep, rational, and objective analyses on the impact of COVID-19. The essays and articles included give such analyses. This is why 2020: A Pivotal Year? is such a valuable book at this point in time.
Edited by Robbin F. Laird, there are six chapters in 2020: A Pivotal Year? In each chapter, there are essays and articles covering a range of topics. I particularly liked the essay “The War Against Coronavirus or Is It?” by Pierre Tran, which is in Chapter 1, “Navigating the Covid-19 World”. Indeed, as we are trying to get the virus under control, should we use a strategy as if we are fighting in a war. The essay “Is a War with China Inevitable?” by Paul Dibb in Chapter 2, “Global Strategic Dynamics,” offers potent reading as the consequence is truly global. I found the essay “2020 a Pivotal Year?” by Robbin Laird in Chapter 6, “In Lieu of a Conclusion,” deeply insightful. It states: “The negative fruits of globalization were clearly demonstrated in 2020… after decades of relatively prosperity aided by a certain kind of globalization, that period of history is clearly over.” Yes, the post- COVID-19 world will be different. What will it be like? Laird's 2020: A Pivotal Year? points out the factors that will shape the post-COVID-19 world – a highly recommended read!