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.

Tread With Caution in Highly Sensitive Burma

New connections for Burma introduce rapid change and could prompt backlash against globalization
David I. Steinberg
February 13, 2014

Countries Globalized But Education Lagging

For global society, nations and education must stress cultural interactions for competitive edge
Dominic Sachsenmaier
June 18, 2013

Horsing Around the Global Food Chain

Consumers, alarmed by mislabeled horsemeat, expect meticulous care of global food purveyors
Nayan Chanda
February 18, 2013

Nationalism Rises in Northeast Asia

Territorial fights menace prosperity in Japan, China, South Korea and global interdependence
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
January 4, 2013

Governance Falls Behind Globalization

Full benefits of globalization can’t be realized if leaders neglect global governance
Ernesto Zedillo
December 3, 2012

Inequality Breeds Resistance to Globalization

Don’t blame globalization for inequality – but rather policies hijacked by a few
Pranab Bardhan
November 27, 2012

New York Times: Globalization’s Backlash Comes at Wrong Time

The benefits of trade and other forms of globalization were apparent much more quickly in developing nations, delayed and dispersed in wealthy nations
Neil Irwin
March 28, 2018