COVID-19 Is a Wake-Up Call on the Shortcomings of Globalization

April 23, 2020

Until recently, globalization was heralded as the major engine of global economic growth and, particularly, of the dramatic reduction in inter-country inequality. Globalization was largely seen as a win-win mechanism for both developed and developing countries. Central to globalization has been...

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

August 16, 2019

A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: Eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax and enjoy your meal.  The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near...

Like Ancient Greece, Modern Society Is Still Enthralled by Demagogues

May 23, 2019

Judging by the success of populist parties around the world, their demagoguery works. In thinking about the rise of populism against centrist politics today, it is interesting to remind ourselves that similar divisions occurred in Ancient Greek philosophy. Aristotle, who lived in the 3rd...

The World This Week: World Trade Hits Headwinds

November 20, 2016

After decades of spectacular growth, world trade is experiencing a slowdown even as anti-trade sentiments are on the rise in Europe and the US. These are not happy days for world trade. In September, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that it expected “trade in 2016 to grow at ...

Globalization: Made in the USA

July 29, 2016

America has lost sight of the benefits that have accrued to the country and the whole world as a result of globalization. Globalization has become bad word of late. It has been the punch line for the Leave supporters of Brexit, a campaign platform—if indeed he has such a thing—for US...

The 22nd Century City

November 09, 2015

How will we define cities in the next century when most populations will feel the influence of globalization? In summer 2002, I was driven from Nanjing to Shanghai through Suzhou, a distance of about 250 kilometers. I was struck by the fact that we journeyed through almost continuous urban...

The New Politics of Globalization

May 25, 2015

How can democracy be reconciled with globalization, asks former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton? In his book, Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy and Everyday Life, Robert Reich argues that the technologies developed to fight the Cold War — computers, software,...

South Asian Languages: Evolving Roles in a Globalized World

March 02, 2014

South Asia’s native languages are essential for understanding the contemporary region. Background Although various studies quantifying South Asian languages differ quite drastically in their findings, it is undeniable that a plethora of languages exist within the region. For example, the...

Global Regulation in Trade, Banking and Finance

July 17, 2012

The problem of limited global regulations in trade, banking, and finance, which contributed to the recent global financial crisis, must be remedied if the world wishes to prevent and mitigate future crises.  Background Since 2008 the global financial order has plunged into a trough. Factors...

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