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.

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 Strategic Straitjacket of Globalization

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

Growth and Globalization Cannot Cure All the World’s Ills

Inequality and imbalanced growth lead to extremism
Gideon Rachman
January 30, 2014

What AAP Should Know

Racism is not a viable political strategy
Nayan Chanda
January 27, 2014

How Globalization Isolates Struggling Cities

Struggling regions and cities should cooperate to build local ties
Aaron M. Renn
January 8, 2014

How Globalization Has Left the 1 Percent Further Ahead

The US pressures wages in Canada – and adds to widening inequality
Tavia Grant, Janet McFarland
November 28, 2013

Snowden and Obama Slow Down Globalization

Uncertainty is an obstacle for politics, trade and security
Irwin M. Stelzer
November 13, 2013