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.

'We must build a global social system' – Bill Clinton

In an interview, former US President Bill Clinton offers ideas for the Middle East and other issues
November 19, 2003

China’s Rumble With Globalization – Part II

The nation cannot build a wall against the challenges facing the rest of the globe
Jonathan Fenby
July 24, 2008

New Energy Frontiers Expand Global Connections – Part I

The world’s rural poor impatiently await electricity that brings business and communication opportunities
Adriana Valencia
August 14, 2008

Security and Prosperity in the 21st Century

‘Cooperate with others whenever we can and act alone only if we have to'
William J. Clinton
November 10, 2003

What Should the White House Do About Globalization

The next US president must convince Americans that globalization need not be feared
William Holstein
July 17, 2008

We Have to Make Globalization Work for All

Reforms of the trade and financial systems are imperative
Joseph Stiglitz
October 17, 2003

Globalization Has Done a Lot of Great Things for Americans

Benefits include innovation and low prices
Panos Mourdoukoutas
January 4, 2017

How to Cure the Globalization Backlash

The developed world has lost its confidence
Harold Sirkin
December 23, 2016

Globalization’s Last Gasp

Trade has slowed, but financial regulations have deterred riskiest forms of international finance
Barry Eichengreen
November 23, 2016

The Losers of Deglobalization

US and UK leaders fail to heed history’s lessons on the benefits of globalization
Pierpaolo Barbieri
November 22, 2016

Donald Trump and the Coming Test of International Order

International order rests on alliances, an open global economy, and liberal institutions
Uri Friedman
November 21, 2016