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.



Global production, local protest and the Uruguay river pulp mills project

This chapter addresses the clash between the local and the global and the way in which local activists resist economic globalization – what Heine and Thakur identify in the Introduction as “glocalization”. Drawing upon literature on environmental contention and civil society-centred approaches to environmental foreign policy (Barkdull and Harris 2009), it shows how local environmental protest in the Argentine province of Entre Ríos forced a change in the national government’s environmental foreign policy and translated into a major diplomatic controversy between Argentina and Uruguay.


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