Commentary: Amid the pandemic, a sobering lesson. More, not less, international cooperation needed

Medical workers put on protective gear at the new COVID-3 level intensive care unit, treating COVID-19 patients, at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, on April 8, 2020, during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

For the past 30 years, international politics have been shaped by two fundamental realities: America’s unrivaled power and the forces of globalization. While already waning for some time, both realities are threatened with death blows from the COVID-19 pandemic.