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.

Europe Frets Over Foreign Investments in Defense Industry

Europe must organize its fragmented defense industry and coordinate regulations on sovereign wealth funds
Clara Marina O’Donnell
October 15, 2010

Once a Winner, China Sees Globalization’s Downside – Part I

China’s giant export engine, built with foreign investment and currency controls, now faces the music
David Dapice
October 11, 2010

Steps Out of the Global Development Crisis

The crisis isn’t over – not without global partnerships on unemployment and environmental sustainability
Jens Martens
September 20, 2010

Time to Sort Out the Long Overdue Doha Round

A solution to the global economic slowdown is in plain sight
Hugh Corbet
August 26, 2010

Tax on Commodity Profits Could Postpone Scarcity

As an era of plenty concludes, nations seek long-term benefits from mineral holdings
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
August 10, 2010

Smaller Dragon Takes Global Strides

The lure of trade, more than military battering, transformed Vietnam
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
July 8, 2010