Bridging the digital divide will require poor nations to reverse the privatization of their telecommunications networks.
New Latin American activists embrace the politics of rage, race, and revenge.
U.S. judges must overcome a culture of legal isolationism -- or risk being left behind.
The Democratic presidential nominee must defeat misconceptions about globalization in order to forge a new trade policy that will both boost economic growth and protect workers.
Levels of globalization vs. life expectancies at birth.
The fourth annual A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Globalization Index reveals that even as the world economy slowed, Internet growth in poor countries and increased cross-border travel deepened global links. In last year's index, Ireland and Switzerland topped our ranking of political, economic, personal, and technological globalization in 62 countries. Find out who's up, who's down, and who's the most global of them all this year.
What could be more global than soccer? The world's leading professional players and owners pay no mind to national borders, with major teams banking revenues in every currency available on the foreign exchange and billions of fans cheering for their champions in too many languages to count. But in many ways, the beautiful game reveals much more about globalization's limits than its possibilities.
Anti-Semitism is again on the rise. Why now? Blame the backlash against globalization. As public anxiety grows over lost jobs, shaky economies, and political and social upheaval, the Brownshirt and Birkenstock crowds are seeking solace in conspiracy theories. And in their search for the hidden hand that guides the new world order, modern anxieties are merging with old hatreds and the myths on which they rest.
Every day, migrants working in rich countries send money to their families in the developing world. It's just a few hundred dollars here, a few hundred dollars there. But last year, these remittances added up to $80 billion, outstripping foreign aid and ranking as one of the biggest sources of foreign exchange for poor countries. Following a boom in the 1990s, this flow of money is lifting entire countries out of poverty, creating new financial channels, and reshaping international politics.
When new liquor laws allowed British supermarkets to sell wine in the 1970s, Australian winemakers seized the business opportunity of a lifetime. The story of how a trickle of New World wines became a worldwide flood is also a case study in globalization, starring disgruntled French winemakers, desperate EU bureaucrats, worried Napa Valley tycoons, and Chinese and Japanese arrivistes acquiring a taste for the finer things in life.
Slammed by anti-globalist protesters, developing-country politicians, and Nobel Prize–winning economists, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has become Global Scapegoat Number One. But IMF economists are not evil, nor are they invariably wrong. It’s time to set the record straight and focus on more pressing economic debates, such as how best to promote global growth and financial stability.
The illegal trade in drugs, arms, intellectual property, people, and money is booming. Like the war on terrorism, the fight to control these illicit markets pits governments against agile, stateless, and resourceful networks empowered by globalization. Governments will continue to lose these wars until they adopt new strategies to deal with a larger, unprecedented struggle that now shapes the world as much as confrontations between nation-states once did.
Two years ago, we created an index that measures a country's global links, from foreign direct investment to international travel, telephone traffic, and Internet servers. For the last two years, Singapore and Ireland have topped our ranking of political, economic, and technological integration in 62 countries. Find out who was the most global of all and how September 11 affected global integration in the 2003 A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Magazine Globalization Index.
For centuries, young men have gathered at Islamic seminaries to escape Western influences and quietly study Islamic texts that have been handed down unchanged through the ages. But over the last two decades, revolution, Great Power politics, and poverty have combined to give the fundamentalist teachings at some of these madrasas a violent twist. And now, in one of globalization's deadlier ironies, these "universities of jihad" are spreading their medieval theology worldwide.