A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

Security Measures May Not be Sand in the Wheels of Commerce

Initial costs could be followed by a boost in efficiency of global trade.
William Mougayar
August 19, 2003

China’s Crackdown on Tibet Divides Europe

Europe can’t decide if human rights trump trade in relations with Asian giant
Shada Islam
April 14, 2008

Pyrrhic Victories

By whipping up fears of terror and trade, US presidential candidates may win, but won’t solve problems
Ernesto Zedillo
March 10, 2008

China Eyes Latin American Commodities

The region must adopt careful policies to meet the rush of customers
Georg Caspary
January 18, 2008

Europe Looks East – Part II

European leaders find it easier to get tough on China rather than develop adjustment strategies
Shada Islam
February 1, 2008

Global Prosperity at Risk

G-8 leaders must work to prevent the collapse of the WTO's Doha Round
Ernesto Zedillo
May 27, 2003