Bouncing Back

About the documentary

What international order will coronavirus consolidate?

Bouncing back. World politics after the pandemic, a documentary directed by Pol Morillas, Director of CIDOB, and David Fontseca, Director of La Kaseta Ideas Factory, reflects on conflict dynamics and international cooperation opportunities in the post-Covid-19 world.

The production of this documentary shows CIDOB's desire to innovate in the generation and dissemination of international knowledge in times of pandemic.

Through the voices of a range of experts, the documentary reflects on what international order will be consolidated in the post-coronavirus world. “Bouncing back presents the dilemma of what post-pandemic world we want. Do we reinforce old dynamics in search of restoration, or choose to reinterpret the world and build on new opportunities for global cooperation? It is crucial to understand that this dilemma will be resolved by the political decisions we take today” explains Pol Morillas, Director of CIDOB and co-director of the documentary.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected geopolitical, economic, security and international cooperation dynamics. The rivalry between the United States and China is growing, global value chains and trade have suffered a systemic shock, inequalities are worsening and the cracks remain in the international order caused by authoritarianism, social unrest and international conflicts.

At the same time, another series of dynamics – the mobilisation of resources for the vaccine, the coordination of transnational research groups, the connections with the global periphery and the consolidation of Asia’s centrality – force us to rethink the global order in the light of the new opportunities arising.

What international order will be consolidated in the post-COVID-19 world? Will conflicts spread, or will new opportunities for international cooperation emerge? In what areas can positive-sum dynamics be constructed? Is COVID-19 a precursor of future crises produced by climate change? And what effects will the pandemic have on the dynamics of polarisation and populism on a global scale?

These and other questions are addressed by the experts featured in Bouncing back. World politics after the pandemic: Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen; Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference; Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore's former ambassador to the UN and distinguished fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; Robert Malley , President and CEO, International Crisis Group; Federica Mogherini, Rector, College of Europe, former High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission; Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development, King's College London; Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America; and Javier Solana, Honorary President, CIDOB, President, EsadeGeo, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.

About the directors

Pol Morillas
Pol Morillas

Director of CIDOB (Barcelona Center for International Affairs). Political scientist, PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics. An analyst of European and international affairs, he has closely followed the various crises of the European integration project, particularly Brexit, and his main areas of interest are global dynamics and European integration. His latest book is Strategy-Making in the EU. From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

More information @polmorillas @CidobBarcelona
David Fonseca
David Fontseca

Documentary and television director, producer and filmmaker. A reporter since 1998, he has been covering migration to Europe for over ten years. In 2015 he created La Kaseta Ideas Factory, a production company specialised in social issues. He has worked for leading European and global channels. His latest documentaries are Bouncing Back. World politics after the pandemic (2021), Història d'un assaig (2020), Battle of Social Networks - La batalla per les xarxes (2019), Las cartas de mis padres (2018), La América de Trump (2018), La Rusia de Putin (2018), Els innocents de les guerres (2016), To Kyma, rescate en el mar Egeo (2016), Donde acaban los caminos (2016) and Mientras los niños jugaban (2010).

More information @davidfontseca @la_kaseta

Fact sheet

'Bouncing back. World politics after the pandemic'
Directors: Pol Morillas, David Fontseca / 2021
Production: The Kaseta Ideas Factory
45’/ VO in English, subtitled in English