Debate abounds over whether globalization is good or bad for the individual, the family, the nation, and the world. Exchanges and interconnections are as old as human history itself, as people moved around the globe in search of opportunity and spreading new ideas. Pessimists view increased interdependence as a terribly destructive trend for communities and culture, while optimists envision a diverse and better life for all. The word “globalization” itself describes an endless range of interactions, both deliberate and accidental. Unforeseen consequences can emerge sometimes decades later. Steady cooperation rather than conflict is in order as global integration continues to influence nearly every aspect of modern life.

Roosevelt Was Right about Multilateralism

US should return to the best traditions of its leadership
Ernesto Zedillo
June 13, 2003

A Mickey Mouse Approach to Globalization

Global icons can have very different local meanings
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
June 16, 2003

The Invisible Hand of Globalization

Billions of economic decisions from entrepreneurs and consumers are a force beyond the control of regulators
Susan Froetschel
January 3, 2008

Blame It on Globalization

West European countries need to reform welfare policies for domestic reasons
David Pozen
May 21, 2003

Cosmopolitan Masala: Diversity Enriches Us All

As immigrants innovate, business booms – an economist rejects criticism of cultural diversity
Philippe Legrain
November 16, 2007

Globalization and the Corrupt States

Legalizing some criminal activities would reduce profits and curb the corruption
Branko Milanovic
November 2, 2007