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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.

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Conclusions: A bumpy ride to globalization, Google and jihad

A convenient date for marking the transition from one epoch to another remains 1945, for three reasons: the end of the Second World War; the establishment of the United Nations as a universal organization to maintain international peace and security, protect human rights and promote human welfare and development; and the inauguration of the atomic age. Today’s global environment is vastly more challenging, complex and demanding than the world of 1945. Just consider the vocabulary and metaphors of the new age, every one of which would have mystified the 1945 generation: Srebrenica, Rwanda, Kosovo, East Timor, Darfur; child soldiers, ethnic cleansing, blood diamonds, 9/11, regime change, HIV/AIDS, global warming; Microsoft, Google, iPod, Blackberry, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. All of them both symbolize and result from the age of globalization. Moreover, they all empower both forces for good and forces of evil.

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