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.



Security challenges in a unipolar globalized world

It has been, historically, easier to protect an empire than to establish it. The axiom holds in a post-empire age, when a superpower protects its interests through alliances, or, to use the term favoured by its antagonists, neo-colonies. A superpower, by definition, has a global presence and power, which it preserves because the challenge is, almost always, regional. The superpower can, consequently, mobilize its assets from across the globe to subdue a regional challenge.


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