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.

How a Soothing Drink Changed Fortunes and Incited Protests

Tea’s history reveals globalization’s best and worst sides – trade, prosperity, migration and war
Farok J. Contractor
March 9, 2011

Once a Winner, China Sees Globalization’s Downside – Part I

China’s giant export engine, built with foreign investment and currency controls, now faces the music
David Dapice
October 11, 2010

China Discovers World Expo Is No Olympics

World’s Fairs are no longer a big draw for global audiences
Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
August 17, 2010

The World at Play: Soccer Takes on Globalization

The game offers lessons for managing movement of talented professionals around the world
Branko Milanovic
June 15, 2010

Taming Globalization? Kebabs, Mini-Skirts and Meth – Part II

Facing economic crisis, politicians take refuge in food and sartorial patriotism
Ilaria Maria Sala
May 20, 2010

Taming Globalization? Kebabs, Mini-Skirts and Meth – Part I

Young Iranians oppose mullahs by embracing the good and bad of Western ways
Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E.B. Choksy
May 18, 2010

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Global Economic Growth “Sliding Back into the Morass”

Economists fear a backlash without push for investment, openness in global economy
Chris Giles
October 4, 2016

The Growing Gap Between Town and Country

Diverse cities thrive on connections, not walls
Ronald Brownstein
September 26, 2016

Globalization Goes National

Emerging economies find prosperity in lifting internal barriers to trade, mobility
Tyler Cowen
September 16, 2016

The World Comes to a Tiny Town: Eastport’s Lesson in Globalization

Maine town juggles trade with China, the EU and Turkey
James Fallows
September 12, 2016

G20 Must Address the Anti-Globalization Undercurrent to Stay Relevant

Global finance reforms are needed to increase security and transparency – or populism will spread
Peter Drysdale
September 2, 2016

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