The End of Globalization? International Security Implications

Globalization has delivered countless benefits for individuals and societies. “Today, a combination of technology, politics, and social pressures seems to be reversing globalization,” explains T.X. Hammes in an essay for War on the Rocks. “While the new technology will continue to create wealth, it will favor developed countries. The increasing regionalization of economies and differences in rates of growth will create instability and challenge international security arrangements.” Technological advancements – 3D printing has already revolutionized industrial design, and artificial intelligence software replaces teaching assistants for online courses and lawyers for bankruptcy proceedings – is shrinking jobs and supply chains while increasing local production. The trends have security implications: “Deglobalization will reduce the American people’s interest in propping up global stability at exactly the time the widespread dissemination of smart, cheap weapons will significantly increase the costs of doing so.” Hammes expects countries to scramble to form regional agreements, rank threats and determine priorities and suggests that security policies must adjust to the trends. – YaleGlobal

The End of Globalization? International Security Implications

Technology advances – artificial intelligence, 3D printing – revolutionize many industries, reducing jobs and trade dependence – and changing US security role
T.X. Hammes
Friday, August 5, 2016

Dr. T. X. Hammes is a distinguished research fellow at the US National Defense University. The views expressed here are his own and do not reflect the views of the US government. An extended version of this article is available at the National Defense University website.

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