International leaders are not shifting away from a co-operation based system, rather these countries still have every intention of cooperating with one another, they are simply finding a new balance in a reality without the looming power of the United States. This is especially true in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is to say, global risks demand more multilateralism, not less. Whether it's the risk of North Korea developing a functional nuclear weapon or a highly contagious disease, the present is marked by increasing uncertainty. Yet, all of these issues are international; they are not bound by national borders. Thus, international powers are looking to increase global co-operation as a method of solving such problems. Yet, as America takes on a more individualistic attitude this once perfect balance is thrown out of harmony, giving an illusion of decreasing multilateralism. In reality, this is not the case as made clear by the persistence of co-operation on issues pertaining to political conflict, climate change, environmental degradation, and as mentioned previously the pandemic.