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.



Foreword: In the penumbra of globalization

This is a book we need. Together, the authors cover a range of global dynamics either not usually included in books on globalization or studied in isolation. What makes this book unique is that it gives us an across-theboard engagement with a range of illicit, illegal, uncivil global processes and actors. The authors do so from many different disciplines and backgrounds. In the editors’ hands – that is in the introduction and conclusion – it becomes a thick tapestry of what takes place in the penumbra of corporate economic globalization. The more we have focused, analysed, dissected the high-visibility components of globalization, especially corporate, the more impenetrable the realities that operate on the dark side.


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