Global supply chains connect the world in unprecedented and complex ways. COVID-19 and the rise of economic nationalism—in the U.K., U.S., China and beyond—have catapulted supply chains back to center stage. In this interview, Etel Solingen, Distinguished Professor and Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace Studies at the University of California Irvine, who leads IGCC’s Great Power research group on the role of design and production networks, talks about the effects of contemporary geopolitical tensions on global supply chains in East Asia. This interview has been edited for length.

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