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.

A Global Age Catastrophe

Is the Indian Ocean tsunami truly the first, and most emblematic, disaster of the "Age of Globalization"?
W. Scott Thompson
January 6, 2005

Rethinking Science Aid

Donors should take an "innovation" rather than a "research" approach to designing scientific and technological aid programs
Keith Bezanson
January 10, 2005

For Honduras and Iran, World's Aid Evaporated

Past natural disasters ushered in a flurry of foreign aid to affected areas. Where has it all gone?
Ginger Thompson
January 11, 2005

How Globalization Train is Overrunning Nigeria

Development in Nigeria has been derailed by domestic shortcomings and international inequity
Etim Imisim
January 27, 2005

No Fair Trade Without Free Trade

The anti-globalization lobby misrepresents the benefits of trade liberalization
Herbert Oberhaensli
November 29, 2004