Geopolitics for the End Time

From the Pandemic to the Climate Crisis

September 2021 9781787385542 240pp


As we approach catastrophe, everything changes. Geopolitics for the End Time explores how Covid-19 has already transformed the global system, and how it serves as a prelude to a planet afflicted by climate change. What are the lessons from the pandemic? How well have different cultures and societies responded to the challenge, and can the current moment become a turning point in the flow of history?

Before Covid struck, we could already see a new competition arising between alternative geopolitical models–but it wasn’t clear what the background for this competition would be. If the clash took place within the existing global trade and financial system, the United States would feel confident of decisive victory. But what if it takes place on neutral ground? What if it takes place in a state of nature, with few or no political rules, amid quickly evolving chaos? If the greatest threat to national security is no longer other states, but the environment itself, which countries might now rise to the top?

This book is one of the first to see the pandemic in history, and to anticipate the profound ways in which it has ushered in a new and surprising world-political landscape.

Cover image: Ludwig Meidner, ‘Apocalyptic City’, 1913. © Ludwig Meidner-Archiv, Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main


Bruno Maçães is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, and a former politician in Portugal. The author of Belt and Road; History Has Begun; and The Dawn of Eurasia, he advises some of the world's leading companies on geopolitics and technology.

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