Debate abounds over whether globalization is good or bad for the individual, the family, the nation, and the world. Exchanges and interconnections are as old as human history itself, as people moved around the globe in search of opportunity and spreading new ideas. Pessimists view increased interdependence as a terribly destructive trend for communities and culture, while optimists envision a diverse and better life for all. The word “globalization” itself describes an endless range of interactions, both deliberate and accidental. Unforeseen consequences can emerge sometimes decades later. Steady cooperation rather than conflict is in order as global integration continues to influence nearly every aspect of modern life.

The Strategic Straitjacket of Globalization

Under conditions of growing interdependence, national interests are redefined and conflict made prohibitively costly
Banning Garrett
February 11, 2004

A Rising New Force in World Public Opinion

Under the umbrella of the World Social Forum, a variety of dissidents from all over the world have begun to assert themselves
Immanuel Wallerstein
January 28, 2004


The Globalization of Protest

Frustration builds with governments and financial systems that reinforce inequality
Joseph E. Stiglitz
November 8, 2011

Haiti: Tailor-Made for South-South Cooperation

But aid comes with outside agendas
Jonathan Glennie
October 20, 2011

The New Geopolitics of Food

As prices soar, the world is losing its ability to deal with food shortages
Lester R. Brown
October 18, 2011

With Growing Confidence, India Pursues Mergers Abroad

India sheds protectionist policies; companies expand their global reach
Vikas Bajaj
October 6, 2011

The World Is Flatter

The US, lazy on education, fails to keep up with globalization
Nayan Chanda
September 27, 2011