The Dark Side of Globalization

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Globalization has brought many benefits, including the reduction of poverty in several countries. But it also has a dark side: the unleashing of negative forces as a result of the compression of time and space made possible by modern technology. From arms trafficking in West Africa through armed insurgencies in South Asia and the upsurge of jihad in the age of globalization, this book examines the challenges that the dark forces of globalization pose to the international system and the responses they have triggered. Written largely by authors from developing countries, the book's goal is to help maximize the beneficial consequences of globalization while muting its baleful effects.




Globalization has ushered in unprecedented wealth as well as much illicit activity. Spurred by advances in communication, transportation and myriad other technologies, today’s globalized world faces new challenges. Many of these challenges – such as illicit trafficking of goods, people and weapons – have existed before. Others, like internet crime, are newly to the fore. In the networked world of the early twenty-first century, these activities are not easy to detect and curtail. Global “uncivil” society represents the dark side of globalization. How to overcome the global governance deficits that continue to facilitate its activities was the driving force behind this volume.


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