Angelina Jolie made international adoptions fashionable. Madonna made them controversial. But celebrities are just the most public faces of a growing global trend. Today, some 45,000 children are adopted each year by foreign parents willing to pay big for a little one.
Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout has made millions as the world's most efficient postman, able to deliver any kind of cargo -- especially illicit weapons -- anywhere in the world. How was he able to build his intricate underground network? By exploiting cracks in the anarchy of globalization.
We were told the world would never be the same. But did 9/11 actually alter the state of global affairs? For all the sound and fury, the world looks much like it did on September 10.
Rising instability is good news for the little guy -- and bad for everyone else.
Democracy may be spreading, but is the world more stable? In the second-annual Failed States Index, FP and the Fund for Peace track the countries on the edge of collapse.
Speak two languages and you're bilingual. Speak one? You must be American. So goes the old joke. But globalization means that students can no longer remain blissfully unaware. Can Americans open the classroom door, or will today's youth be unprepared to lead tomorrow's world?
The rest of the world complains that American hegemony is reckless, arrogant, and insensitive. Just don't expect them to do anything about it. The world's guilty secret is that it enjoys the security and stability the United States provides. The world won't admit it, but they will miss the American empire when it's gone.
Once just a club for red-blooded American gun owners, the National Rifle Association has become a savvy global lobby. It presses for gun rights at the United Nations. It assists pro-gun campaigns from Sydney to São Paulo. And it has found that its message -- loving freedom means loving guns -- translates into almost every language.
Why the supply and demand for global public goods could kill you.
Bankruptcies, terrorism, and high oil prices have rocked the airline industry. Customers complain about bad service and long lines. Are airlines doomed? Not a chance. The global economy cannot function without air travel. But the industry that emerges from the coming shakeout will need a whole new set of wings.
The fifth annual A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Globalization Index shows that global integration survived the turbulence of the Iraq war, a sharp economic downturn, and the failure of trade talks. Our ranking of political, economic, personal, and technological globalization in 62 countries reveals that the world is still coming together. Find out who's up, who's down, and how they got there.
Street gangs are proliferating around the world. The United States has unwittingly spurred this phenomenon by deporting tens of thousands of immigrants with criminal records each year. But that only partly explains how gangs went global. Credit also goes to the Internet, where gangs are staking out turf and spreading their culture online. Gang members may have never heard of globalization, but it is making them stronger.
Can the global economy absorb the expenses of fighting terrorism?
Most of the 14,000 inhabitants of Elektrenai, Lithuania, voted to join the European Union in May 2003 because membership promised a better life. In some ways, however, their European future looks a lot like their Soviet past, with new bureaucratic masters, new rules, and the revival of a giant power plant that once made their town a model of state socialism. A parable about the promises and pitfalls of European integration.
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.